Jaswant Singh Chail, Illi A man armed with a crossbow breaks into Windsor Castle, the residence of Queen Elizabeth II of Englandwas charged under Sedition Act of 1842Installed 180 years ago and last used 40 years ago.
“Mr Chail, age 20, has been charged with threat of death, possession of an offensive weapon and offenses under the Sedition Act of 1842”e.t.c Nick Price, head of the Crown Prosecution Service’s Special Crimes and Terrorism Branch,
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prosecution under sedition lawWhich makes it an offense to attack the Emperor with intent to injure him, to intimidate him, or to disturb the peace, or to have a firearm or offensive weapon in his presence.
Last December 25, Jaswant Singh Chail, 20, from Southampton climbed one of the walls of Windsor Castle For the purpose of injuring or intimidating Queen Elizabeth II while brandishing a weapon.
The king was in the palace with his eldest sonPrince Charles, his daughter-in-law Camilla and other relatives entered Chail, who is now in custody and is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 17 August.
The British police stated that Chail was charged with an offense under Section 2 of the Sedition Act, ie. “Shoot or aim firearms with intent to injure or alarm His Majesty, or throw or use any offensive object or weapon.”
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Prosecutors said Chail was accused of “being close to the person of the Queen, deliberately producing” a loaded crossbow used to wound a person of His Majesty,
Chail was also charged with threat of death under section 16 of the Offenses Against the Person Act (1861) and possession of an offensive weapon under section one of the Prevention of Crime Act (1953).
In a video posted on Snapchat minutes before entering the palace, Chal appeared in black clothing, a hood covering her face and a crossbow and said: “I am sorry for what I have done and what I am about to do. I will try to assassinate Queen Elizabeth.”
In the context of the “Star Wars” saga, the defendant presented himself as a Sikh Indian and said he was seeking “revenge” for the 1919 massacre by British soldiers against protesters in India.
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What is British Sedition Act
It is extremely rare to file charges under sedition lawWhich was passed by the English Parliament in 1842After two men tried to kill Queen Victoria (1837–1901).
The first attack was done by John FrancisWho targeted the young monarch – who was 23 at the time – but did not shoot and could not be stopped as she was traveling in a carriage through Central London Avenue The Mall.
Rani went again the next day in a car so that the police could find her killer, who was suspected of attacking again. This timeFrancis opened fire before being stopped by plain-clothed policemen who mingled with the crowd.
Soon after, John William Bean shot Queen Victoria, but she was only laden with paper and tobacco and was arrested and brought to justice.
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two men should have been sentenced under Sedition Act of 1351Which gives death sentence to anyone who attacks the king.
The last person convicted under that law was William Joyce, also known as ‘Lord Haw-Haw’, a Nazi supporter who had allied with Germany during World War II.
Joyce was captured by British forces in May 1945 and hanged in January 1946 at Wandsworth Prison, making him the last person in Britain to be convicted of treason.
Prince Queen Victoria’s husband Albert felt that the death penalty for the two shooters was too severe.To which he encouraged lawmakers to pass a law that accommodated minor offenses against the emperor, such as trying to cause alarm or hurt, and created a new less serious offence.
The act was last used in 1981, when Marcus Sargent was detained for five years.He was charged with “treason” after the Queen was shot at a horse while riding a military parade in central London.
Sargent, who was 17 at the time, was detained by a soldier and police before being arrested and charged, although Queen Elizabeth II managed to get her horse under control and continued for Buckingham Palace. .
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