Imam Abdul Hadi Arwani, 48, ble funnet død i en Volkswagen Passat i London. Han hadde blitt skutt og drept midt på lyse dagen. Arwani var motstander av Assad og hadde også deltatt i demonstrasjoner mot Assads regime.
Last night a police source told the Daily Mail that the killing had all the hallmarks of a ‘state-sponsored assassination’.
Detectives are now trying to establish whether his strong opposition to Assad was the motive.
He was involved in violent anti-Assad demonstrations outside the Syrian Embassy in London three years ago.
Politiet sier de foreløpig ikke har etablert noe motiv for drapet.
Abdul Hadi Arwani etterlater seg seks barn.
Abdul Hadi Arwani var imam i An-Noor moskéen i Acton, Vest London. Moskéen er kjent for å være vertskap for hatpredikanter.
A former student of of Arwani, who gave his name as Mahmoud, said he was ‘well known among the Muslim community in West London, not just for his Syria activism, but also as a community leader.’
He added: ‘He was the type of person you’d go to if you had a problem, or if you had questions you needed to ask.
‘He was a moderate guy, and was against all forms of violence and extremism. He was looking out especially for younger Muslims.’
Mr Arwani was born in Syria but had been based in the UK for the past three years, where worked as an Islamic teacher.
According to the London College of Islamic Studies, he had studied at the Faculty of Sharia in Jordan, and was a teacher at various Islamic seminaries in Slough and West London.
Mr Arwani was considered an authority on Islamic marriage contracts and divorce law, working mostly in London.
Alle muslimer som reiser på jihad-tur eller blir angrepet i Europa er «moderate, «vennlige» og imot vold. Selv Jihad-John fikk et godt skussmål av sine venner i Cage. Vi avventer politiets undersøkelser.