Counter-terrorism Command detectives have announced that they have arrested a third person in connection with their inquiry into the shooting of the Syrian born Imam Abdul Hadi Arwani in Wembley on 7th April.
A 53 year old woman from Brent was arrested last night on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.
The Met Police have also announced that a 61-year-old man they arrested earlier yesterday on suspicion of conspiracy to murder Mr Awarni has been further arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.
They both remain in police custody.
Mr Arwani was found slumped in his VW Passat car parked in Greenhill Wembley.
The 48 year old father of six been shot five times in the chest and had died before emergency services arrived on the scene.
Mr Arwani was born in Syria, had been a critic of President Bashar Assad’s regime and previously been an Imam at a mosque in Acton.
Two more searches remain on-going, including one at the An Noor Cultural Community Centre where Mr Armani had been the Imam.
The Met Police say officers wish to ‘extend their thanks to the Muslim community during this sensitive time.’
New Scotland Yard say:
This remains a murder investigation and a search for the truth; it is therefore vital that the investigation is thorough which includes a detailed searches of premises.
Community leaders have actively provided advice and support throughout this investigation and continue to provide guidance in relation to the sensitivities of conducting the search at the An Noor Cultural Community Centre.
Meanwhile the 35 year old man charged with Sheikh Arwani’s murder, Leslie Cooper, from Harlesden appeared by video-link at the Old Bailey this morning.
The Recorder of London set a provisional date of October 12th for a four-week trial.
Dressed in a black sweatshirt Cooper from Nightingale Road sat with his hands folded across his chest and made no reaction throughout the brief hearing.
No application for bail was made and he was remanded in custody for a plea and case management hearing on July 2.