Terror suspect 'urged extremists to attack Prince George at school', court hears
A terror suspect allegedly encouraged extremists to attack Prince George at school, warning that “even the Royal Family will not be left alone”, a court has heard.
Husnain Rashid allegedly used an encrypted message service to share a picture of the third-in-line to the throne next to the image of an Islamic State fighter and the address of the Prince’s school.
The 31-year-old supplied practical assistance to would-be terrorists, including information on potential targets such as UK sports stadiums, Westminster Magistrates Court heard.
Rashid appeared on Wednesday pleading not guilty to one count of preparation of terrorist acts, and one count of preparation to assist others to commit terrorist acts.
Rebecca Mundy, prosecuting, said the charges related to “two sets of conduct” on or before November 22.
She said the first charge related to “his intention to travel to Syria, to engage in the fighting out there”.
Turning to the second charge, she said: "It is alleged this defendant has set up a number of channels on which he broadcasts material to assist terrorists.
“They actively provide practical assistance and the intention is the readers will go on to commit acts of terrorism.”
The channels allegedly included “terror resources, guides and videos and more for the lone Mujahideen”, it was said.
Rashid allegedly provided a link to “all stadiums in the UK”, the hearing was told.
The prosecutor continued: "A post, which we in this country will find particularly worrying, was a photograph of the young Prince George at the beginning of his school term, next to a silhouette of a jihadi fighter.
"Next to that was a caption, 'school starts early'. It provides an address in Battersea for a school to which the young Prince attends."
The court heard next to the photo was the caption: "Even the Royal Family will not be left alone."
Rashid, of Nelson in Lancashire, was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on December 20.
Meanwhile the same court saw a terror suspect accused with attempting to assassinate the Prime Minister in a suicide bomb and knife attack on Downing Street.
Naa’imur Rahman, 20 and Mohammad Aqib Imran, 21, both appeared in custody at Westminster magistrates.
Rahman, who was allegedly going to carry out the attack, is charged with two counts of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts.
Imran is charged with one count of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, in that he was trying to join Islamic State group in Libya.
Mark Carroll, prosecuting, said: "It is said Rahman planned to detonate an improvised explosive device within a bag at the gates of Downing Street on Whitehall, London and then seek to gain access to No. 10 in the ensuing chaos with a view to trying to kill the Prime Minister.
"The secondary attack on No.10 was to be carried out with a suicide vest, pepper spray and a knife.
"His purpose was to attack, kill and cause explosions.
"He had also carried out a hostile reconnaissance of the area as part of that preparation.
"The second and linked allegation involves Imran trying to obtain a fake passport in order to leave the United Kingdom with a view to travelling to Libya for hijrah.”
Both were remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on December 20.