Suspect Ashraf Islam admits threats to kill Prince Harry

By AFP
Published: June 2, 2013

Britain's Prince Harry. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

LONDON: A man is being held in custody Sunday after admitting threatening to kill Britain’s Prince Harry, police said Sunday.

Ashraf Islam, 30, was arrested on May 23 — the day after a British soldier was butchered to death in a London street in a suspected extremist attack — after attending a west London police station.

Harry, 28 — a British army attack helicopter pilot who has served two tours of duty in Afghanistan — is third in line to the throne.

Ashraf was charged on Saturday with threatening to murder the prince, contrary to Section 16 of the 1861 Offences against the Person Act.

That section 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.”

Ashraf, of no fixed abode, appeared in custody at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court in west London later Saturday and pleaded guilty. He was remanded in custody to be sentenced on a date yet to be fixed.

The British police’s Counter Terrorism Command investigated the case but no terror charges were brought against Ashraf.

Reader Comments (13)

  • A2Z
    Jun 2, 2013 - 7:15PM

    Will British act against Altaf Hussain on the basis of same law???

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 2, 2013 - 7:17PM

    This welfare dependent scumbag will have free food and shelter for next ten years.

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jun 2, 2013 - 7:45PM

    ET you have mentioned the name of suspect Ashraf Islam, but you have not made it clear the nationalty of the Muslim suspect.

    Anyway, the readers will find out the nationality from other sources.

    Nothing is hidden in this world from the eyes of the people who are concerned in one way or the other.

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  • MN
    Jun 2, 2013 - 8:36PM

    he is a british convert muslim

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  • Ali
    Jun 2, 2013 - 8:37PM

    He has Islam in his name too. haha

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  • Sara Dwight
    Jun 2, 2013 - 9:08PM

    The British common man hates the Royals, who live luxuriously and unapologetically on our taxes. This man, whether he’s a Muslim or a Christian or an atheist, didn’t attack Harry, but got arrested. Harry has openly made racist remarks for Indians, for Pakistanis, for Africans working in England, but those were rejected as casual remarks. Nearly 100% of the British common citizenry (working and middle classes) openly talk of attacking the Royal family every day. Would the Scotland Yard arrest all of us under terrorism?

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  • Tom
    Jun 2, 2013 - 10:41PM

    @kaalchakra:

    Are you for real, or just being sarcrastic!

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  • Vivek
    Jun 3, 2013 - 12:48AM

    @Kaalchakra

    I love your jokes.

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  • np
    Jun 3, 2013 - 12:48AM

    @A2Z: “Will British act against Altaf Hussain on the basis of same law???”

    Will Pakistan act on HAfiz Saeed on the same basis?

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  • Rao Amjad Ali
    Jun 3, 2013 - 2:16AM

    Well said, Ms. Dwight, and well received! Was it not Prince Harry who admitted to have made racial comments against a Pakistani, a fellow cadet, at the premiere army academy? The lesson: People who live in glasshouses don’t (should not) throw stones at others!

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  • hasan
    Jun 3, 2013 - 6:30AM

    Pakistan, we can’t have it both ways! If we want the converts to Islam, we are sure to get many more like this man.

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  • jamshed kharian-pak
    Jun 3, 2013 - 8:05AM

    Ashraf was charged on Saturday with threatening to murder the prince what ever he said killing just one man is not the end of royals!

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  • Sexton Blake
    Jun 3, 2013 - 9:58AM

    If Prince Harry was a supposed helicopter pilot on active duty in Afghanistan, which I doubt, he would have killed many people, but of course it would have been considered legal in the UK. What a strange world we live in.

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