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British MP Jo Cox's murderer rants about traitors in court

This courtroom sketch by Elizabeth Cook shows Thomas Mair, center, appearing at Westminster Magistrates Court, London, Saturday June 18, 2016, charged with the murder of British Member of Parliament Jo Cox. Labour Party lawmaker Cox, 41, was shot and stabbed to death Thursday after getting out of her car in the town of Birstall in her home constituency.
This courtroom sketch by Elizabeth Cook shows Thomas Mair, center, appearing at Westminster Magistrates Court, London, Saturday June 18, 2016, charged with the murder of British Member of Parliament Jo Cox. Labour Party lawmaker Cox, 41, was shot and stabbed to death Thursday after getting out of her car in the town of Birstall in her home constituency. Elizabeth Cook - PA via AP

THE man accused of shooting and stabbing British MP Jo Cox to death in a brutal street attack ranted 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, the Press Association reported.

Mair, who was handcuffed and wearing a grey tracksuit, then remained silent when asked to provide his date of birth and address, the reports said.

He was remanded in custody until his next appearance at London's Old Bailey central criminal court on Monday and a psychiatric report has been requested.

He has been charged by police with murder, causing grievous bodily harm, and possession of a firearm and another offensive weapon.

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