• Lexi Ponder

Case of murdered Palestinian cartoonist reopens

Thirty years later, on Aug. 29, 2017, UK police decided to reopen the murder investigation of famous Palestinian cartoonist, Naji al-Ali. Al-Ali was injured due to a bullet wound to the back of the neck in central London, which he officially died from a month later at age 51, on July 22, 1987. Al-Ali was shot as he walked to work at the offices of the Kuwaiti newspaper in Knightsbridge.

According to CNN, the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command reported, “Mr Al-Ali’s cartoons were sometimes perceived as critical of the regime in Palestine and he had received a number of death threats in the years leading up to his murder.”

The Aljazeera added that along with others “the Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command (CTC) is appealing for information about the gunman and a second man later seen driving away from the scene.” CTC commander Dean Haydon mentioned that a lot people’s viewpoints have changed over the 30 years, and people who at one point did not give crucial information are now willing to speak up about Al-Ali’s murder.

The murderer is suspected to be male, around 25 years old, of Middle Eastern descent, and with thick, collar-length black, wavy hair. The murder weapon was found in Paddington, London, in 1989 and was identified as an automatic black handgun, a 7.62 Tokarev pistol. Other witnesses came forward and said they say another man who looks to be in his 50’s and also looks to be of Middle Eastern origin.