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'I'm here to kill the Queen,' Windsor Castle intruder tells police

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London — ALast year A man arrested at Queen Elizabeth's Windsor Castle home on Christmas Day, wearing a mask and holding a crossbow, told guards, "I'm here to kill the Queen."

Jaswant Singh Chail, 20, who has been charged under British treason law, spent months planning the attack and trying to contact the royal family, the Westminster Magistrate's Court in London said. .

The prosecutor said his Chail, from Southampton in southern England, recorded a video before entering the castle grounds west of London, where the 96-year-old monarch resides primarily. rice field. She was there on the day of the break-in.

"I'm sorry for what I've done and what I'm about to do. I'm going to try to assassinate Elizabeth, the Queen of the Royal Family," he says in the video, wielding a crossbow.

"This is revenge for those who died in the 1919 massacre," said the British army of nearly 400 men in the holy city of Amritsar in northwestern India. Cheil said, referring to the shooting of a Sikh in

"It is also revenge for those killed, humiliated and discriminated against because of their race," he said.

Indians formally apologize to Britain for the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, when British troops opened fire on unarmed civilians who had gathered to protest colonial law. have long requested.

Queen Elizabeth laid a wreath at the site of the massacre during her 1997 visit to India, calling it a "tragic example" of past "difficult episodes."


Chail, who appeared at the court hearing Wednesday via video link, spoke briefly to confirm his name and date of birth. , his address at Broadmoor, a high-security psychiatric hospital. He did not file a petition.

The Queen was at the castle on the day of the invasion with her son and her heir, Prince Charles, and other close relatives.

Prosecutors said Chail entered the premises at 8:10 am and was found by protection officers where the trespassers had access to the castle's private grounds.

The officer said Chail was dressed like something out of a vigilante movie or Halloween with a hood and mask, and said, "Can I help you?" ?” I asked.

The court heard Chail reply, "I am here to kill the Queen." The officer drew his taser and shouted at Shale to drop his crossbow on his knees. Chail complied.

The recovered crossbow was a "Supersonic X-Bow" and the bolts released from it could cause serious or fatal injuries, prosecutors said.

A search of Chail's home turned up gas masks, ropes, and electronic devices. These indicate that he has previously applied to the Ministry of Defense and the Grenadier Guard for contact with the royal family.

Chail was charged with death threats, possession of offensive weapons, and offenses under Section 2 of his Treason Act of 1842.

The next hearing in this case will be held at the Old Bailey in London at a date to be determined. (Reporting by Andrew MacAskill, Writing by Kylie McClellan, Editing by William James and Gareth Jones)