Thomas Mair appears in court over murder of British MP Jo Cox


The man accused of shooting and stabbing British MP Jo Cox to death in a brutal street attack railed against "traitors" during a brief court appearance on Saturday.



"Death to traitors, freedom for Britain," 52-year-old Thomas Mair said when asked to give his name in Westminster Magistrates' Court in London,.
Cox, a 41-year-old mother of two who had been an MP for Britain's Labour party for just a year, was attacked as she got out of her car along with two aides. The attacker stabbed her with a hunting knife and shot her as she lay on the ground.
Earlier, police said they were investigating Mair's alleged links to a neo-Nazi movement and an interest in anarchist weapons literature. At least three eyewitnesses described how the 52-year-old, who has a history of mental illness, shouted the term "Britain First" during the attack, a reference to a far-right political party and movement..
US President Barack Obama spoke to Cox's husband Brendan by phone from Air Force One on Friday and offered his condolences on behalf of the American people, the White House said in a statement.
"The president noted that the world is a better place because of her selfless service to others, and that there can be no justification for this heinous crime, which robbed a family, a community, and a nation of a dedicated wife, mother, and public servant," the statement said.

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