Jail for IS sup­porter who urged at­tack on Prince Ge­orge

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS - NINA MASSEY

An Is­lamic State (IS) sup­porter who called for an at­tack on Prince Ge­orge has been jailed for life with a min­i­mum of 25 years.

Hus­nain Rashid, of Nel­son, Lan­cashire, had main­tained his in­no­cence through­out pro­ceed­ings at Wool­wich Crown Court, but dra­mat­i­cally changed his plea at the end of the pros­e­cu­tion open­ing and ad­mit­ted a string of ter­ror of­fences.

The 32-year-old used a Tele­gram chat group to call on sup­port­ers on October 13 to tar­get the four-yearold heir to the throne, who had started at Thomas’s Bat­tersea, in south-west Lon­don, a month ear­lier.

He also posted sug­ges­tions of which Bri­tish foot­ball sta­di­ums ter­ror­ists could strike fol­low­ing the deadly at­tack out­side Be­sik­tas’s ground in Turkey, and plot­ted to in­ject ice cream with poi­son.

Rashid posted a pho­to­graph of the prince at the school su­per­im­posed with sil­hou­ettes of two masked ji­had fight­ers.

Sen­tenc­ing him, Judge An­drew Lees said: “The mes­sage was clear – you were pro­vid­ing the name and ad­dress of Prince Ge­orge’s school, an im­age of Prince Ge­orge’s school and the in­struc­tion or threat that Prince Ge­orge and other mem­bers of the royal fam­ily should be viewed as po­ten­tial tar­gets.”

He added: “You pro­vided what you re­garded as in­spi­ra­tion for suit­able tar­gets for lone wolf ter­ror at­tacks.

“At­tacks in Western coun­tries were in your eyes the only suit­able ac­cept­able al­ter­na­tive to ji­had it­self.”

Rashid ad­mit­ted three counts of en­gag­ing in con­duct in prepa­ra­tion of ter­ror­ist acts, and was given a life sen­tence for each, with a min­i­mum term of 25 years, and one count of en­cour­ag­ing ter­ror­ism.

Two fur­ther charges of dis­sem­i­na­tion of a ter­ror­ist pub­li­ca­tion were laid on file.

The of­fences spanned from October 2016 to April this year.

Dur­ing his May trial, pros­e­cu­tor Annabel Dar­low told the court Rashid mes­saged the Tele­gram group with a pic­ture of the young prince, say­ing: “Even the royal fam­ily will not be left alone.”

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