Arrest in London Murder of Anti-Assad Imam

Man arrested on suspicion of having shot dead 48-year-old imam, who survived massacre by Assad's father.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

New Scotland Yard
New Scotland Yard

A man has been arrested in connection with the murder in London of an imam who was a critic of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, police said Monday.

Abdul Hadi Arwani, 48, was found in his car with gunshot wounds to the chest in Wembley, northwest London, on Tuesday. The investigation into his death is being handled by counter-terrorism police.

Scotland Yard said a 46-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and remains in police custody.

Arwani reportedly fled Syria as a teenager after surviving the 1982 Hama massacre, in which the current president's father Hafez al-Assad sent troops to brutally crush an Islamist uprising.

From 2005 to 2011 Arwani was a preacher at a mosque in Acton, west London.

Police say they are "open-minded" about the motive for his killing.