A British ex-convict who became a radicalized Muslim was sentenced on Monday in a London, U.K., courtroom to three years in prison for his plot to assassinate Prince Harry, according to the Israeli news media.
The 31-year-old Islamist, Ashraf Islam (birth name: Mark Townley), stated openly that he had a moral right to judge "the royal" because Prince Harry is a member of the British armed forces and he fought against Ashraf Islam's brothers at arms.
The judge in the London court stated that while Islam's plot appeared "vague and unlikely to succeed," Islam presented a risk to the people of the United Kingdom.
Islam had pleaded guilty in May 2013 to making a threat to murder Prince Harry, the younger son of the heir apparent to the throne, Prince Charles, and younger brother of Prince William.
According to Islam's attorney, he voluntarily gave the police information regarding his intentions and was upset with the British military for its cooperation in fighting al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Prince Harry, 27, has served in Afghanistan as a lieutenant and then as a captain during two tours in which he flew helicopters for the British forces.
In 2013, Islam admitted to threatening to murder the prince. Police searched Islam’s laptop and found that he had visited terrorist websites, according to the Israeli National News .
According to Israeli news media, Judge Richard McGregor-Johnson said he would not go over details of Islam's plot, but told the court during the brief hearing:
"This was not a threat made in isolation.
"The examination of your computer revealed you conducted research on [Prince Harry's] whereabouts and intentions.
"You had given the matter considerable thought."
What troubled Scotland Yard detectives and the British Home Office was that Islam’s plot to kill Prince Harry followed the brutal murder of British soldier Lee Rigby by Nigerian Islamists in London, as reported by the Examiner on May 23, 2013.
In 2012, the Afghan Taliban vowed that it would do everything in their power to kidnap or assassinate Prince Harry.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid was quoted by Israeli news sources as saying in 2012 that the Taliban had a plan to get the young prince. "It is not important for us to kidnap him," he was quoted as saying.
"We will target him and we will kill him."