In an unexpected turnaround, Husnain Rashid, changed his plea to guilty on terrorism charges two weeks into his trial. On Thursday, the British ISIS supporter admitted he had prepared for terrorist acts and encouraged terrorism. Rashid had gone so far as to call on jihadis to attack 4-year-old Prince George, son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, at his school.
Rashid had gone online and posted a photo of the young prince, who is third in line for the throne after his grandfather Prince Charles and his father Prince William. Along with the photo of Prince George, Rashid gave the address of the boy's school and posted a photo of a jihadi fighter with the message:
Even the royal family will not be left alone.
Prince George was not the only target, Rashid also laid out plans to attack shopping centers, Jewish communities, sports stadiums, and British Army bases. There was also the idea of injecting poison into ice cream containers.
Following his change of plea to guilty, it is expected that Rashid will receive an extensive sentence, possibly life in prison.
Islamic State supporter Husnain Rashid has admitted encouraging terrorism by using a telegram messaging group to call for an attack on Prince George following a change of plea half way through his trial— Sky News Breaking (@SkyNewsBreak) May 31, 2018
Sky News Correspondent, Joe Tidy, sent out a series of tweets updating events.
Prosecution laying out their case against Rachid: “He provided an unstoppable and hatefilled flow of encouragement for others to commit acts of terror... attacks with vehicles, explosive devices, bombs, chemicals, any attack you can imagine one person committing on their own.”— Joe Tidy (@joetidy) May 23, 2018
Prosecution outline 7 counts against Rashid including his alleged plans to travel to Syria to fight with I.S, advising others how to build bombs, inciting terror, running the ‘mujahid’ (lone wolf) media brand and disseminating other jihadist material. #PrinceGeorgeTerror— Joe Tidy (@joetidy) May 23, 2018
Prosecution says Rashid’s alleged offences were discovered through the online channels he ran. When police arrested him at his home in Nelson, Lancs he threw a mobile phone into an alleyway. Police found it and describe it as ‘a treasure trove’ of evidence. #PrinceGeorgeTerror— Joe Tidy (@joetidy) May 23, 2018