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ISIS Supporter Who Made Threats Against Prince George Admits Guilt in Court

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When 4-year-old Prince George started at his new preschool, Thomas’s Battersea, in September of 2017, it was supposed to be a time of joy as he reached such a milestone in life.

But by the following month, that joy seemed to be quickly overshadowed by threats of violence directed at the young prince and his school.

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In October, British ISIS supporter Husnain Rashid used a messaging app to post images of George with a superimposed shadow of a jihadi fighter. He included specific details regarding the prince’s school, including the address, writing that “Even the royal family will not be left alone. School starts early.”

Between October 2016 and November 2017, Rashid had been encouraging attacks online on other public places and events including the Wimbledon tennis tournament, soccer stadiums, shopping malls, Jewish communities, British Army bases, and supermarkets by suggesting to poison ice cream and fruit.

He also was found researching how to travel to Turkey and Syria to fight for ISIS, and had sent someone in Syria instructions on how to force missile systems to malfunction and shoot down aircraft.

Thankfully, authorities acted swiftly before any harm could come to Prince George or any members of the public. By November, Rashid was arrested in his home and denied the charges against him of his involvement in encouraging and preparing acts of terrorism.

Leading up to the beginning of his trial during the last week of May, he continued to deny all charges against him. But on May 31, he changed his plea to guilty.

Rashid went on to admit his involvement in the numerous terror offenses and will be sentenced on June 28.

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“You have admitted these allegations of encouraging others to commit terrorist activities and publishing statements to encourage the killing of others,” Judge Andrew Lees said.

“It is inevitable that you will receive a very lengthy prison sentence and there will be a consideration of a life prison sentence.”

As for Prince George and the royal family, they will not allow threats to force them into hiding or to stop them from carrying out their duties. The Palace is fully aware that where the prince attends school is public knowledge, and he will continue to go to school as normal.

The entire family is also expected to appear in public on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on June 9 for the Trooping the Colour parade for Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday, and the event will proceed as planned.

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Liz was a senior story editor for The Western Journal.
Liz was a senior story editor for The Western Journal.
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