Freedom of Speech? Man charged for making Woolwich murder videos

Salesman in court charged with circulating terror videos ‘glorifying’ Woolwich murder including one called ‘Muslim laughs at British Soldier killing’

Royal Barnes, from east London, is charged with 3 terrorism offences
Accused of ‘glorifying’ Lee Rigby’s death in series of clips
One video was called ‘Muslim laughs at British Soldier killing’
Barnes was remanded in custody and will appear at Old Bailey on Friday

PUBLISHED: 15:01, 12 August 2013 | UPDATED: 17:56, 12 August 2013

A 22-year-old salesman has been charged with terror offences after allegedly making a series of videos ‘glorifying’ the murder of soldier Lee Rigby.

Royal Barnes, from Hackney, east London, is accused of creating clips celebrating the father-of-one’s execution in Woolwich, including one called ‘Muslim laughs at British Soldier killing’.

He is also accused of inciting terrorism overseas and appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court after being arrested on Friday along with a 21-year-old woman, who is due to answer bail tomorrow.

Lee Rigby, 25, a father-of-one from the 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was run down by a car and then hacked to death as he returned to his barracks in south-east London.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said today Barnes is charged with dissemination of terrorist publications for allegedly making a series of recordings about Drummer Rigby’s death on May 22, and circulating them ‘with the intention, either directly or indirectly of encouraging others into the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism’.

He is also charged with encouraging an act of terrorism by publishing a statement that glorified the killing, and inciting terrorism overseas.

It is claimed that on June 12 he ‘incited another to commit an act of terrorism, wholly or partly outside the United Kingdom, and that act, would if committed in England and Wales constitute an offence’.

Barnes, who insisted on standing throughout the court hearing, was refused bail and remanded in custody until a hearing at the Old Bailey on Friday, August 16.

The consumer relations worker, who wore a blue and white striped t-shirt to court, was flanked by two guards in the dock, speaking only to confirm his name and address at the start of proceedings.

He was supported in the public gallery by his wife of nine-months and another man.

Barnes has not entered pleas to charges of Dissemination of terrorist publications, encouraging terrorism, and inciting terrorism overseas.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, are charged with Lee Rigby’s murder on May 22.

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