Though it may sound odd, there is something of an informal hierarchy and honor code among criminals and prison inmates, and those who prey upon young children are generally held in low regard or flatly despised by other criminals who are at least honorable enough to leave children alone.
As such, it was no great surprise to learn that a convicted terrorist who had threatened violence against the young royal prince in the United Kingdom received a bit of “prison justice” from unknown assailants who were incarcerated with him.
According to The U.K. Sun, a 32-year-old self-proclaimed follower of the Islamic State group was allegedly assaulted in prison and slashed with a makeshift knife by at least one other inmate who has yet to be identified by authorities.
That terrorist’s name is Husnain Rashid and he is currently serving three concurrent life sentences after he confessed to three counts of “engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts,” as well as a four-and-a-half year sentence for “encouraging terrorism” among jihadists, according to the Sun.
Rashid initially ran into trouble after he shared images online of the 4-year-old Prince George of the British royal family family next to an anonymous jihadist fighter with a message that read: “Even the royal family will not be left alone.”
The terrorist had also urged other jihadists to inject poison into ice cream containers and called for vehicle attacks on pedestrians attending the recent World Cup tournament soccer matches in Russia. He also sharedother disturbing and inflammatory images online, including advice on obtaining and using various weapons to commit terrorist acts.
According to the U.K. Daily Star, Rashid was attacked on Wednesday, June 25, by at least one other inmate at the Manchester Strangeways prison who used a toothbrush with a blade attached to it to slash a huge gash on or near Rashid’s right ear, likely due to his threats against the young prince.
“There was blood all over his cell and the landing,” explained an anonymous source at the prison. “Nobody likes him or what he did, like threatening that young royal lad and all the ice cream stuff.”
“We don’t tolerate that kind of thing in Strangeways,” the source added.
Rashid was reportedly taken to a hospital for treatment while the prison attempted to identify his unknown assailant.
“A prisoner received hospital treatment for minor injuries following an incident at HMP Manchester on Wednesday 25 June,” said a Prison Services spokesperson in a brief statement, according to The Sun.
“An investigation is taking place.”
To be sure, we don’t condone “prison justice” or think it is a good thing when vigilantes take matters into their own hands. It’s the job of the proper authorities to mete out justice in accordance with established law.
That said, we have a hard time feeling much pity for someone like this admitted terrorist receiving such unorthodox justice at the hands of another prisoner — particularly given this terroristic threats against children — and don’t feel particularly compelled to vehemently condemn the jihadist’s attacker.
In other words, don’t call for violence against innocent children unless you are prepared to defend yourself from others — even convicted criminals — who instinctively understand that innocent children must be protected.
As radical Islamic terrorism continues to fester around the globe and true justice for criminal jihadists seems spotty at best, this would-be murderous militant will not only spend the rest of his life behind bars, but will also likely spend the rest of his days in fear of what his fellow convicts may do to him in response to his atrocious calls for violent jihad against children.
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