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Man in court over preacher's murder

Published 14/04/2015

Abdul Hadi Arwani was a critic of the Assad regime (Metropolitan Police/PA)
Abdul Hadi Arwani was a critic of the Assad regime (Metropolitan Police/PA)

A man has appeared in court accused of murdering Syrian-born preacher Abdul Hadi Arwani.

Leslie Cooper, 36, appeared at London's Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court in London accused of killing the 48-year-old imam and father of six on April 7.

Cooper, of Nightingale Road, Brent, north London, was shaven headed with a stubbly beard, and appeared wearing a grey tracksuit and a white T-shirt. He spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth during the hearing, which lasted little more than a minute.

He was remanded in custody by District Judge Ann Sawetz, to appear at the Old Bailey within the next 48 hours.

Mr Arwani, a critic of the Assad regime in Syria, was an imam at the An Noor mosque in Acton, west London, from 2005 to 2011.

He was found dead in a car in the Greenhill area of the capital last week.

A post-mortem examination found he died from gunshot wounds.

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