In England, a 14-year-old’s terror charges make him the youngest terrorist suspect to ever appear in court. During the teen boy’s appearance in London, he was accused of encouraging a beheading in Australia in addition to a Muslim terrorist attack which targeted a parade commemorating Australians who died during World War I.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, a new ISIS video purports to show the mass killing of Ethiopian Christians, and DAESH is also threatening to attack the United States with terrorist attacks similar to 9/11.
Although the 14-year-old’s terror charges are serious crimes, the name of the teen from Blackburn, Lancashire, was not released due to legal reasons. The boy briefly spoke to confirm his name and address before district judge Emma Arbuthnot at Westminster magistrates court on Friday.
The boy’s lawyer, Daniel King, tried to appeal to the judge to allow conditional bail, but the judge would not have it. The judge said the allegations “undoubtedly fit the bill as a real crime and there is a real prospect of a custodial sentence of at least two years.” Prosecutor Rebecca Ledwidge told the court that the young teen allegedly encouraged an 18-year-old Australian man to carry out a “knife attack or gun attack or car attack on the police” during the Anzac day commemoration in Melbourne.
Deborah Walsh, deputy head of counter-terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service, explained the full extent of the 14-year-old’s terror charges in a statement released on Thursday.
“The first allegation is that, between 15 and 26 March 2015, the defendant incited another person to commit an act of terrorism, namely to carry out an attack at an ANZAC parade in Australia with the aim of killing and/or causing serious injury to people,” Walsh said, according to CNN. “The second allegation is that on 18 March 2015, the defendant incited another person to behead someone in Australia.”
Australian police officers arrested several people last weekend in Operation Rising, but they have not named how the 14-year-old’s terror charges tie into these arrests. Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police charged Sevdet Ramdan Besim in connection to acts related to terrorist attacks, and the teen boy was arrested on April 2, 2015 after “the examination of a number of electronic devices” led to police finding evidence of a “credible terrorist threat.” According to the Guardian, five other teenagers in Melbourne, Australia, are also being held after the raids by counter-terrorism officials.
The 14-year-old’s terror charges may seem unusual, but the Islamic State has been known to involve boys from a very young age, as seen in the above photo. The Australian sons of Khaled Sharrouf were shown standing in front of the ISIS flag while displaying the weapons they were learning to use in support of terrorist attacks.
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