Teen neo-Nazis sentenced to prison for encouraging right-wing terrorism in UK

Two teenagers in London were sentenced to prison on Tuesday for spreading right-wing extremist propaganda online and encouraging terrorist attacks.

The BBC reported Tuesday that Michal Szewczuk, 19, and Oskar Dunn-Koczorowski, 18, were found guilty of spreading self-created propaganda online that encouraged violent acts against politicians, members of the royal family, racial minorities and white women in interracial relationships.


Judge Rebecca Poulet sentenced Szewczuk to four years in prison, while Dunn-Koczorowski was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

At a hearing Tuesday, Poulet said that the messages were "uniformly violent and threatening," and said that "the nature of the violence [encouraged by the two suspects] includes rape and execution."

The two were reportedly members of a neo-Nazi group known as the "Sonnenkrieg Division," and used personal accounts on the social media site Gab to encourage violence against members of the public, prosecutors said.

"This isn't a keyboard organization. It is intent on action," prosecutor Naomi Parsons said, according to the BBC.

One such target was the United Kingdom's Prince Harry, according to the BBC. The teens are accused of spreading extremist ideology, including imagery that suggested Harry, the Duke of Sussex, was a "race traitor" for marrying a mixed-race woman, American actress Meghan MarkleMeghan MarklePrince Harry and Meghan sign with speaking agency that represents Obamas The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Mark Takano says Congress must extend worker benefits expiring in July; WHO reports record spike in global cases Meghan Markle calls current events in US 'devastating' MORE

Szewczuk pleaded guilty in April to two counts of encouraging acts of terror and five counts of possessing documents useful to terrorists. Dunn-Koczorowski, who was a minor when the crimes were committed, pleaded guilty to two counts of encouraging terrorism last December, according to the BBC.

Investigators also found Szewczuk to be in possession of bomb-making instructions and a "white resistance" manual while a university student.

A counterterrorism official with the British government reacted to the news on Tuesday, telling reporters that it "only takes one individual to be encouraged or be inspired by that propaganda to take that further step," adding that the threat caused by the spread of right-wing propaganda online "represents a significant risk."