Briton accused of terrorism offences posted picture of Prince George: court

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A terror suspect in the United Kingdom was on Wednesday charged with terrorist offenses for allegedly sharing details of Britain's 4-year-old prince George on an encrypted online messaging service, the police said.

Prosecutor Rebecca Mundy told London's Westminster Magistrates Court that this included posting a picture of Prince George, son of Queen Elizabeth's grandson Prince William and Kate and destined to be the future king, next to a silhouette of a jihadi fighter.

Rashid, from Nelson in northwest England, is charged with one count of preparing acts of terrorism and one count of assisting others to prepare acts of terrorism.


Prosecutors allege that Rashid used the encrypted service Telegram to post a photo of Prince George next to an ISIS militant's silhouette, warning "even the Royal Family will not be left alone".

Rashid was also accused of providing information to would-be terrorists preparing attacks on potential targets including sports stadiums in the United Kingdom.

Prince George arrives for his first day of school in London in September.


Chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot remanded balding Rashid, who had a large beard, in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on December 20.

Both of the those incidents were completely unconnected to today's court case.

The prince is protected by royal bodyguards as well as London police, and the school itself also has security arrangements.


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