British ISIS supporter who called for an attack on Prince George pleads guilty


Husnain Rashid, the 32-year-old British ISIS supporter who called for jihadis to attack Prince George last year, pleaded guilty to terrorism offenses in a London court on Thursday.

Rashid, who was arrested last November, admitted to engaging in conduct in preparation for terrorist acts and encouraging terrorism. He will be sentenced on June 28.

According to a press release from The Crown Prosecution Service, he created an online publication and posted messages glorifying successful terrorist acts, encouraging his readers to plan and commit attacks of their own. CPS says that all of the offenses relate to Rashid's online activities between October 2016 and November 2017.

One of his posts, the press release notes, included a photograph of Prince George with the address of his school, along with a superimposed silhouette of a jihad fighter and a message that read, "Even the royal family will not be left alone."

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Britain's Prince George (C) accompanied by Britain's Prince William (L), Duke of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school where he is met by Helen Haslem (R) head of the lower school on September 7, 2017 in southwest London. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLE (Photo credit should read RICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 7: A general view of St. Thomas's school in Battersea where Prince George is attending his first day in London, United Kingdom on September 7, 2017. (Photo by Kate Green/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 7: Prince George of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school with his father Prince William, Duke of Cambridge as they are met Head of the lower school Helen Haslem at Thomas's Battersea on September 7, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Pohle - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 7: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission of #843614148 with alternate crop.) Prince George of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school with his father Prince William, Duke of Cambridge as they are met Head of the lower school Helen Haslem at Thomas's Battersea on September 7, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Pohle - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince George (C) accompanied by Britain's Prince William (L), Duke of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school where he is met by Helen Haslem (R) head of the lower school in southwest London on September 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLE (Photo credit should read RICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 7: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission of #843616140 with alternate crop.) Prince George of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's Battersea on September 7, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Pohle - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 7: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission of #843614132 with alternate crop.) Prince George of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's Battersea on September 7, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Pohle - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince George (C) accompanied by Britain's Prince William (L), Duke of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school where he is met by Helen Haslem (R) head of the lower school in southwest London on September 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLE (Photo credit should read RICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images)
Prince George holds his father Britain's Prince William's hand as he arrives on his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, London, September 7, 2017. REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 7: Duke of Cambridge, Prince William departs St Thomas's Battersea after dropping off Prince George for his first day school in London, United Kingdom on September 7, 2017. (Photo by Kate Green/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince George (R) accompanied by Britain's Prince William (L), Duke of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, southwest London on September 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLE (Photo credit should read RICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images)
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"Husnain Rashid is an extremist who not only sought to encourage others to commit attacks on targets in the West but was planning to travel aboard so he could fight himself," Sue Hemming, Head of the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division of CPS, said in a statement. "He tried to argue that he had not done anything illegal but with the overwhelming weight of evidence against him he changed his plea to guilty."

"The judge will now decide on the appropriate sentence and Rashid must face the consequences of his actions," the statement continued.

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