A man has appeared in court today after allegedly encouraging ISIS fanatics to attack Prince George at his school.
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31-year-old Husnain Rashid, from Lancashire, appeared at Westminster Magistrates court today charged with preparing to commit terrorist acts and one count of assisting others to commit acts of terror – he pleaded not guilty.
Rashid allegedly sent a message on the Telegram app showing a photo of a silhouetted ISIS fighter next to the future king.
The photo is alleged to contain the address of the Prince’s school in London with the message: “School starts early.”
Another caption next to the photo read: “Even the royal family won’t be left alone.”
Prosecutors also accused the man of setting up a number of channels on the Telegram messaging app on which he ‘broadcasts material to assist terrorists’ including videos and manuals.
Rebecca Mundy, for the prosecution, said: “They actively provide practical assistance and the intention is the readers will go on to commit acts of terrorism.’
Prosecutors believe that he planned to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State to engage in the fighting out there.
Rashid spoke only to identify himself and confirm his nationality as British during the short hearing.
He entered a plea of not guilty to both charges.
Chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot remanded him in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on December 20th.