London: ISIS supporter pleads guilty to encouraging attacks on 4-year-old Prince George at his school

This is an undated court artist sketch file photo by Elizabeth Cook showing Husnain Rashid during his trial. 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. The decision brought his trial in London to a dramatic halt on Thursday, May 31, 2018. (Elizabeth Cook/PA via AP, File)

LONDON (AP) 05/31 — A supporter of the Islamic State group accused of encouraging attacks on 4-year-old Prince George has changed his plea from innocent to guilty.

Husnain Rashid was two weeks into his trial at Woolwich Crown Court when he admitted Thursday to three counts of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts and one count of encouraging terrorism.

In this Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 file photo, Britain’s Prince William, left, holds Prince George’s hand as he arrives for his first day of school at Thomas’s school in Battersea, London. 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. The decision brought his trial in London to a dramatic halt on Thursday, May 31, 2018. (Richard Pohle/Pool Photo via AP, File)

 

Judge Andrew Lees then put two further charges on hold.

The trial, which had been scheduled to last six weeks, was abruptly ended because of the plea. Sentencing is set for June 28.

The prosecution had argued that Rashid ran a “prolific” Telegram channel named the Lone Mujahid.

Prosecutor Annabel Darlow had earlier told a jury that Rashid encouraged attacks on a range of targets, including “Prince George at his first school.”

https://www.apnews.com/5e88b55127034fe0ac89aaefbcb9ae5a/Alleged-IS-supporter-changes-plea-in-Prince-George-plot

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