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British man appears in court after threatening to 'kill the queen' with a crossbow

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LONDON (AP) — A man armed with a crossbow who broke into Windsor Castle grounds told police he wanted to "kill the Queen," prosecutors said at a court hearing on Wednesday.

Jaswant Singh Chail, 20, was found under the Treason Act with the intention of "harming the person of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth Her II or to warn Her Majesty the Queen." indicted. He has also been charged with making death threats and possessing an offensive weapon.

On her Christmas Day 2021, when the Queen was staying there, Chail was arrested at the Royal Palace in west London.

They say he told police officers, "I'm here to kill the Queen," before he was handcuffed and arrested.


Prosecutor Catherine Selby said the supersonic X-Bow weapon Cheil was allegedly possessed could cause "serious or fatal injury."

Prosecution lawyers allege that Chail wanted revenge on the British establishment for dealing with Indians and sent a video to about 20 people claiming he intended to assassinate the Queen. ing.

Prosecutors allege that he tried to join the British Army and Ministry of Defense Police in order to get closer to the royal family.

Chail appeared remotely from Broadmoor, a high-security psychiatric hospital, for a hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court in London on Wednesday.

He was not asked to file a petition and was ordered to be detained until his next court appearance on September 14.

The allegations against him were being treated as a "terrorist crime." not Selby said.

Prosecutions under the Treason Act of 1842 are rare. In 1981, Marcus Sergeant was charged with the act after firing blanks at the Queen on her horse at London's Trooping the Color Parade, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years in prison. was sentenced to

The last person convicted under another, more serious, treason act of 1351 was a Nazi propagandist during World War II known as Lord Ho Ho. It was William Joyce. He was hanged for his treason in 1946.