Men In Court Over Alleged Terror Plots Involving Prince
A British man posted a picture of Prince George, 4, and the address of his London school as part of a series of possible targets for Islamist militants, a court has heard.
Husnain Rashid, 31, is accused of posting information on the Telegram messaging service to encourage jihadis to carry out attacks along with information to help them with possible targets such as stadia.
Prosecutor Rebecca Mundy told London's Westminster Magistrates Court on Wednesday 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.
The post included the address of his school in southwest London which he started attending in September and was accompanied with the caption "even the royal family will not be left alone", the court heard.
Rashid is charged with preparing terrorism acts, which involved plans to travel to Syria to engage in fighting, and preparing to assist others to commit terrorist acts.
He did not apply for bail and indicated he would plead not guilty to the charges. He was remanded in custody until December 20 when he will appear at London's Old Bailey central criminal court.
Meanwhile, A 20-year-old man has appeared in court accused of plotting to kill British Prime Minister Theresa May by first detonating an explosive device to get into her Downing Street office.
Naa'imur Rahman, of north London, has been charged with preparing to commit acts of terrorism.
He was remanded in custody after a brief appearance at Westminster Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
Prosecutor Mark Carroll told the court Rahman planned to detonate an improvised explosive device at the gates of Downing Street and gain access to May's office in the ensuing chaos and kill her.
"The secondary attack was to be carried out with a suicide vest, pepper spray and a knife," he told the court.
Rahman was carrying two inert explosive devices when he was arrested last week, the court heard.
"His purpose was to attack, kill and cause explosions," Carroll said.
Rahman appeared with a co-defendant, 21-year-old Mohammed Imran, from Birmingham, who is also charged with preparing to commit acts of terrorism.
Carroll said Imran was accused of trying to join the Islamic State militant group in Libya.
Rahman and Imran gave no indication as to their plea, so a not guilty plea was entered on their behalf.
There was no application for bail. The men will appear at London's Old Bailey central criminal court on December 20.