UK: Islam convert threatened death to Prince Harry

Posted Jun 3, 2013 by Robert Myles
London Metropolitan Police announced yesterday that a man had been arrested the day after Drummer Lee Rigby was murdered after making threats to kill British Royal, Prince Harry.
Prince Harry visiting Washington D.C. on 9 May 2013
Prince Harry visiting Washington D.C. on 9 May 2013
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In a strange twist of events following the murder of serving soldier Lee Rigby in a street near Woolwich Barracks in London on May 22, London’s Metropolitan Police announced Sunday that a man had been arrested the day following the fatal knife attack on Lee Rigby. The man arrested had made threats to kill Prince Harry, second son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana and presently third in line to the British throne.
According to The Daily Telegraph, the man arrested is homeless Ashraf Islam, 30. On the day after Rigby was knifed to death in the street, Islam is alleged to have walked into a police station in the London Borough of Hounslow and made threats to kill Prince Harry.
The Daily Mail has published further details on the identity of Prince Harry’s would-be assassin. It says Ashraf Islam was formerly known as Mark Townley, a white Caucasian who converted to Islam whilst serving a prison sentence for fraud offenses.
Islam was promptly arrested by police officers on duty at the police station in Hownslow. He was charged with an offense "contrary to Section 16 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861,” reports The Guardian. The particular section of the act states: "A person who without lawful excuse makes to another a threat, intending that that other would fear it would be carried out, to kill that other or a third person shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years."
After his arrest, Islam was detained in police custody and appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court on May 25, when he pleaded guilty. Magistrates remanded Islam in custody pending sentencing at a later date. Although London Metropolitan Police say counter-terrorism officers were involved in the investigation of the case, Islam has not been charged with any terrorist offenses.
According to the Daily Mail, investigating officers discovered that Islam had carried out internet searches for ‘kidnapping’, ‘guns’ and ‘vans’ on his laptop as well as browsing terrorist and firearms websites.
Prince Harry, 28, currently holds the rank of captain in the British Army Air Corps. Most recently he has served as an Army helicopter pilot. Although for operational and personal safety reasons his tours of duty are never publicized, he is believed to have seen active service for at least two spells in Afghanistan, reports France 24.
As well as serving in the UK Armed Forces, Prince Harry is a prominent supporter of various charitable causes associated with the military. He is patron of Walking With the Wounded, a UK-based charity that funds both the re-training and re-education of wounded servicemen and women. He is also patron of Halo Trust’s 25th anniversary appeal. Halo Trust, which is principally involved in making safe the debris, mines and unexploded munitions in former war zones, is a registered charity in both the UK and the United States.
Reports suggest security has been tightened for Prince Harry who, in a recent interview, admitted that whilst on active service in Afghanistan, he had killed Taliban insurgents (see video).