Boy, 16, charged with 11 terrorism offences
A teenage boy has been charged with terror offences, including inviting support for right-wing extremist group National Action.
The 16-year-old, from Newcastle, was charged 11 times in total with offences including encouraging terrorism, inciting racial hatred and inciting religious hatred.
The teenager, who cannot be named due to his age, appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday, April 6, Counter Terrorism Policing North East said.
He was originally arrested in October last year as part of an investigation into suspected online right-wing terrorism.
Among his charges, the teenager faces four counts of inviting support for a banned organisation in social media posts on four separate occasions, between July and September 2019
In May and September last year he is also accused of three counts of encouraging racism and inciting racial hatred.
He is also accused of publishing or distributing material which was threatening or intending to stir up religious hatred.
The crime of being a member of, or inviting support for, a banned terror organisation comes with a criminal sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
National Action is believed to have been founded in 2013 and in the past has targeted university campuses as recruitment hotspots. The group professes a strong neo-Nazi hatred for non-white people, glorifies Hitler and incites violence against its what it perceives as enemies.
It’s logo has been likened to the badge of the Sturmabteilung – Nazi Germany’s ‘SA’.