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UK Labour Lawmaker Jo Cox Killed for Political, Ideological Cause – Prosecutor

© REUTERS / Yui MokBatley and Spen MP Jo Cox is seen in Westminster. (File)
Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox is seen in Westminster. (File) - Sputnik International
UK Labour party parliamentarian Jo Cox’s murder in June was a politically motivated assassination, prosecutor Richard Whittam said on Monday, the opening day of the trial.

People hold Union Flags and the EU flag at a kiss chain event organised by pro-Europe 'remain' campaigners seeking to avoid a Brexit in the EU referendum in Parliament Square in front of the Houses of Parliament in central London on June 19, 2016. - Sputnik International
Political Fallout: Murder of UK MP Jo Cox Could Change Brexit Vote Outcome
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Cox, 41, a Labour parliament member, was stabbed and shot in the street by Mair as she was holding a regular public meeting with constituents in her home town of Birstall in West Yorkshire. The incident occurred on June 16 – just several days before the referendum on Brexit.

"It was a cowardly attack by a man armed with a firearm and a knife… It was a premeditated murder for a political and/or ideological cause," Whittam said, as quoted by The Guardian.

He added that the murderer – Thomas Mair, 53 – repeatedly said "Britain first" before the attack.

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