Crime

Arrest in Wembley murder of Imam Abdul Hadi Arwani

Abdul Hadi Arwani- murdered in Wembley Tuesday 7th April. Police renew appeal for information. Image: Met Police

Abdul Hadi Arwani- murdered in Wembley Tuesday 7th April. Police renew appeal for information. Image: Met Police

A 49 year old man has been arrested in Brent by Counter Terrorism Command detectives investigating the murder of the Syrian born Imam Abdul Hadi Arwani in Wembley last Tuesday.

He was found slumped in his car at Greenhill with fatal gunshot wounds to his chest.

Sheikh Arwani, who was 48 and a father of six children, was a respected religious teacher and also a critic of President Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria.

The Met Police say the 46-year-old man was arrested yesterday evening (12th April) on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

He remains in custody at a central London police station.

Detectives have established that two days’ previously Mr Arwani had driven near to the scene of his death.

This was around mid-morning on Sunday, 5th April 2015, and he’d been parked up in Havenwood where he remained for a short while.

Officers are appealing to anyone who was in the area on Sunday 5th April or Tuesday 7th April to contact police.

They are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen Mr Arwani or his car- a dark-coloured VW Passat.

Mr Arwani’s son Murhaf, who’s 20, has has appealed for people to help the police in their investigation.

He said:

The police are currently investigating this brutal murder. As an individual, a family and a community, we are helping the police to solve this heinous crime.

Any information we have has, and will be passed on to them and we urge anyone with any information to please please please do the same.

To members of the public that knew my late father and even those of you who didn’t know him, please tell us what you know.

We know that it won’t bring our father back to us but it may help to deliver justice to those who killed him.

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