A British Muslim man who allegedly plotted to kill the four-year-old royal and bomb sports stadiums is facing prosecution in court.
31-year-old Husnain Rashid allegedly sent a chilling post on the encrypted instant messaging app, Telegram, with a silhouetted image of a jihadi next to the young Prince George.
“There was a photo of the young Prince George at the beginning of the school term next to a silhouette of an ISIS fighter,” said prosecutor Rebecca Mundy, who presented the government’s case against the alleged would-be terrorist, the Daily Mail reports.
The image, she said, included the address of Prince George’s school, Thomas’s Battersea, in South London. It was captioned with the words, “Even the royal family will not be left alone.”
Prosecutors at Westminster Magistrates’ Court presented evidence of Rashid’s wrongdoing, accusing him of providing guides, tips, and suggesting targets to assist potential attackers in the United Kingdom.
The court also heard that Rashid called for terrorist attacks on the Jewish community, and on British sports stadiums in the encrypted messages, which date before November 22.
Prosecutors showed that Rashid intended to travel to Syria to join ISIS to join the fighting.
Dressed in a grey prison-issue coverall, Rashid spoke only to identify himself and confirm his nationality as British during the hearing. He was charged with one count of preparing to commit terrorist acts and another for assisting others to commit acts of terror. He pleaded not guilty to both charges.
Rashid is expected in court at the Old Bailey on December 20, when the case against him proceeds.
Source: Daily Mail.
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