Man accused of encouraging terror plot against Prince George

PHOTO: Britains Prince William accompanies Prince George as he is met by Helen Haslem - the head of the lower school on arrival for his first day of school at Thomass school in Battersea, London, Sept. 7, 2017.PlayPool via AP, FILE
WATCH Man accused of encouraging terror plot against Prince George

A British national accused of encouraging extremists to target Prince George at school pleaded not guilty to the charges against him today.

Husnain Rashid was charged with one count of preparing acts of terrorism and one count of assisting others in the preparation 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."

Prosecutor Rebecca Mundy said Rashid's alleged threat included "a photograph of the young Prince George at the beginning of his school term, next to a silhouette of a jihadi fighter," according to the U.K.’s Telegraph newspaper.

"Next to that was a caption, 'school starts early'. It provides an address in Battersea for a school to which the young prince attends,” Mundy added.

PHOTO: Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Husnain Rashid in the dock at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Dec. 6, 2017.Elizabeth Cook/PA via AP
Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Husnain Rashid in the dock at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, Dec. 6, 2017.

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

The 4-year-old prince, who is third in line to the throne, has royal protection officers with him at all times.

PHOTO: Britains Prince William, left, holds the hand of his son Prince George on arrival at the airport, in Warsaw, Poland, July 17, 2017.Czarek Sokolowski/AP, FILE
Britain's Prince William, left, holds the hand of his son Prince George on arrival at the airport, in Warsaw, Poland, July 17, 2017.

In September, a woman was arrested inside his school grounds in a separate incident. She was later released under caution after it was determined she was not a threat. The school works with the Metropolitan Police's Royalty Protection Unit, which provides security for members of the royal family.

Rashid was remanded into custody. His next court appearance will be Dec. 20.

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