Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Man admits to plotting terrorsist attack on Prince George

Man admits to plotting terrorsist attack on Prince George

An alleged supporter of the Islamic State group accused of encouraging attacks on 4-year-old Prince George has changed his plea from innocent to guilty.

"Even the royal family will not be left alone", he wrote.

According to court testimony, Mr. Rashid used an online messaging service in October to publish a photograph of Prince George's school in London, with silhouettes of jihadists superimposed on it.

He even called on supporters to inject cyanide into produce at grocery stores and poison ice cream.

He had also encouraged followers to poison ice cream and attack football stadiums, and was planning his own online magazine offering tips for "lone-wolf attacks".

Judge Andrew Lees told Rashid: "For the past week I have listened to the most disturbing allegations".

But almost two weeks into his trial, the defendant was re-indicted and pleaded guilty to three counts of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts and one count of encouraging terrorism.

A court artist sketch file photo showing Husnain Rashid during his trial on Thursday, May 31, 2018.

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"It is inevitable that you will receive a very lengthy prison sentence and there will be a consideration of a life prison sentence", the judge added.

His list of targets were wide-ranging - including British Army bases, shopping centres, Jewish communities and Government buildings.

The terror suspect also communicated with Brit ISIS terrorist Omar Ali Hussain, who fled his home in High Wycombe, Bucks, to travel to Syria.

Ms Darlow said on the first day of the trial: "His proposals were indiscriminate and made no distinction between adult and child, between members of fighting forces and civilians".

During the December magistrates court hearing - in which Rashid entered his original "not guilty" plea - the court heard that the charges against the teacher at the Muhammadi Mosque in Lancashire related to "two sets of conduct" on or before November 22.

The unemployed web designer was in touch with an IS operative in Syria called "Repunzel" and sent him information about how to make explosives and shoot down aircraft.

He had chucked a mobile phone into an alleyway, which police later described as a "treasure trove" of evidence.

Rashid then posted a photograph of the Burmese ambassador to the United Kingdom, saying: "You know what to do".

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