IS sup­porter who called for at­tack on Prince Ge­orge jailed for life

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

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-year-old heir to the throne, who had started at Thomas’s Bat­tersea, in south-west Lon­don, a month ear­lier.

Rashid, of Leonard Street, posted a pho­to­graph of the prince at the school super-im­posed with sil­hou­ettes of two masked ji­had fight­ers.

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.

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