Lee Rigby murder trial latest

The trial of two men accused of murdering Fusilier Lee Rigby is underway at the Old Bailey. The soldier from Middleton was killed returning to barracks in Woolwich.

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Jury sees CCTV of police confronting defendants

The jury in the Lee Rigby murder trial have been shown footage of the moment police confronted the men accused of killing the soldier, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale.

Defendant Michael Adebolajo falls to the floor at 14:34:13. Credit: Metropolitan Police
Michael Adebowale (right) runs down the footpath as Michael Adebolajo is down on the road. Credit: Metropolitan Police
Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale are both on the floor. Credit: Metropolitan Police
Michael Adebowale raises his arm as armed police officers move in. Credit: Metropolitan Police


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Michael Adebolajo admits to killing Lee Rigby

In cross-examination, prosecutor Richard Whittam QC asked defendant Michael Adebolajo: "You and your co-defendant, acting together, killed Lee Rigby, didn't you?"

He replied: "Yes."

The barrister asked: "That's because together you had agreed to kill someone. Do you agree?"

Again, he replied: "Yes."

Adebolajo went on: "We planned a military attack which obviously involved, sadly - it's not something enjoyable, something fantastic - the death of a soldier. It's a military attack."

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Defendants 'prayed' they would strike a soldier only

Michael Adebolajo told the jury that he and his co-defendant Michael Adebowale prayed to Allah before the attack that they would attack a soldier and not a civilian:

To be 100 percent, I don't believe there's a way to know 100 percent that was a soldier, however there were some steps that we took.

For example before we started out on that day and the night previous to that I started worshipping Allah and begging him that ... we strike a soldier and a soldier only.

– michael adobolajo

"I'm a soldier of Allah", says Lee Rigby accused


Al Qaida are "brothers" says Rigby accused

One of the alleged killers of Middleton soldier Lee Rigby has told a court he loves al Qaida and considers the terror group to be "his brothers".

Michael Adebolajo, 28, began giving evidence at the Old Bailey today, surrounded by five security guards in oak-pannelled Court Two.

He and Michael Adebowale, 22, are accused of murdering Fusilier Rigby by running him down with a car and then hacking him to death with a meat cleaver and knives near Woolwich Barracks in south east London on May 22.

The soldier's relatives sat feet away as Adebolajo spoke to the court.

Al Qaida, I consider to be Mujahideen. I love them, they're my brothers. I have never met them.

"I consider them my brothers in Islam.

"Mujahideen are the army of Allah."

– Michael Adebolajo giving evidence at the Old Bailey.

Adebolajo told the court that he took the name Mujahid, meaning fighter, in 2002 or 2003.

Growing up I never did think of killing a man.

"This is not the type of thing that the average child thinks of and I was no different.

"When a soldier joins the Army he perhaps has in his head an understanding that he will kill a man at some stage.

"When I became a mujahid I was aware that perhaps I might end up killing a soldier."

– Michael Adebolajo at the Lee Rigby murder trial.

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