Man Charged with Murder of Abdulhadi Arwani

Police appeal to anyone who may have seen Mr Arwani's VW Passat

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A man has been charged with the murder of Abdulhadi Arwani, the former imam at the An Noor mosque in Acton and resident of W12.

Leslie Cooper, 36, of Nightingale Road in London NW10 was charged today, Tuesday April 14 with the murder of Mr Arwani and has been remanded in custody to appear at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court at 2om this afternoon.

On the morning of Tuesday April 7, Mr Arwani was found slumped at the wheel of his vehicle, a dark coloured VW Passat in Greenhill, Wembley.

Detectives have established that Mr Arwani had driven near to the scene around mid-morning on Sunday April 5, and had been parked up in Havenwood where he had remained for a short while.

Officers are appealing to anyone who was in the area on Sunday April 5 or Tuesday April 7 to contact police. They are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen Mr Arwani or his car.


A post-mortem examination took place at Northwick Park Hospital on Thursday April 9 with the cause of death given as gun shot wounds. An inquest is to be opened and adjourned at Barnet Coroner's Court in the coming days.

Abdulhadi Arwani's son, Murhaf Arwani, has appealed for people to help the police in their investigation. He said: "The police are currently investigating this brutal murder. As an individual, a family and a community, we are helping the police to solve this heinous crime. Any information we have has, and will be passed on to them and we urge anyone with any information to please please please do the same.

" To members of the public that knew my late father and even those of you who didn't know him, please tell us what you know. We know that it won't bring our father back to us but it may help to deliver justice to those who killed him."

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

April 14, 2015