A second man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Abdul-Hadi Arwani, as police begin a search of the preacher's former mosque.
On Tuesday afternoon (April 14), counter terrorism detectives arrested a 61-year-old man on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.
Earlier on Tuesday, Leslie Cooper, 36, of Nightingale Road, Brent, was charged with murdering the well-known Syrian preacher, having been arrested over the weekend.
Cooper appeared at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court the same day, where he was remanded into custody, to appear at the Old Bailey later this week.
Mr Arwani, a 48-year-old father-of-six from west London, was known as an outspoken critic of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
As part of an ongoing police investigation, officers are searching addresses in London, including areas within the An Noor Cultural and Community Centre, in Church Road, Acton, where Mr Arwani served as an imam from 2005 to 2011.
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: “All officers involved in the search of the mosque (the An Noor Cultural and Community Centre) are sensitive to the impact that their presence will have and are aware that this action may cause concern in the local community.
“We have been in contact with trusted community Muslim advisors this afternoon to reassure them that the action is necessary and that the premises will re-open as quickly as possible.”