“My name is death to traitors, freedom for Britain,” Tommy Mair said when asked his name in the dock.
Mair was not required to enter a plea and the judge did not ask for one. Keith Allen, his attorney, said there was no indication of what plea would be entered.
Deputy Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot ordered Mair to be remanded in custody until his next appearance
Mair, 52, is accused of killing Cox, a member of Britain’s Parliament, in a brazen attack Thursday in her district in northern England. She was stabbed and shot on a Birstall street after a meeting with her constituents.
Police said the suspect had been charged with murder, grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offense and possession of an offensive weapon.
Authorities are also investigating whether Mair, who was arraigned Saturday, had ties to right-wing extremism. Details have begun to emerge about his interests in white supremacist and pro-apartheid groups.
West Yorkshire police said investigators are pursuing possible links to right-wing extremism, which police called a “priority line of inquiry which will help us establish the motive for the attack on Jo.”
Cox, a 41-year-old mother of two, was an avid campaigner for the rights of refugees. Her death comes a week before the so-called Brexit, a crucial referendum on whether Britain should stay in the European Union. She was an open supporter of remaining in the bloc.
Cox championed the rights of immigrants and in one of her last posts on social media, she said while immigration “is a legitimate concern,” it’s not a good reason for Britain to leave the EU.
One witness near the crime scene Thursday, said the gunman shouted “Put Britain first” several times before and after the shooting, the Press Association reported.
The killing has muted the tone of public discussions over the referendum, which has focused heavily on immigration.
Original report published by CNN
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