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Published 25/04/2015

Syrian-born preacher Abdul-Hadi Arwani.
Syrian-born preacher Abdul-Hadi Arwani.

A second man has been charged by detectives investigating the murder of a Syrian-born preacher, police said.

Abdul Hadi Arwani, 48, an outspoken critic of the Assad regime in Syria, was shot dead earlier this month.

His body was found in his parked car in Wembley, north London, on April 7.

Scotland Yard said that Khalid Rashad, 61, from Wembley, has been charged with possession of an explosive substance for an unlawful purpose. He is also accused of possession of ammunition for a firearm without a certificate.

Rashad has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court today.

It comes after Leslie Cooper, 36, from Brent in north west London, appeared at the Old Bailey last week charged with Mr Arwani's murder.

In addition to Rashad and Cooper, officers from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command investigating the death of the father-of-six have made two more arrests.

A 53-year-old woman arrested in Brent on April 15 on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism was released on Wednesday with no further action.

A 36-year-old man detained on April 17 on suspicion of conspiracy to murder was bailed to a date in early May.

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