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Report: Judges refuse appeal bids from the murderers of Fusilier Lee Rigby

The murderers of Fusilier Lee Rigby will stay behind bars for decades, after the Court of Appeal threw out an attempt to cut their sentences.

Michael Adebolajo challenged his conviction and whole life sentence. Michael Adebowale wanted to reduce his forty five year minimum jail term. The pair killed the soldier, from Greater Manchester, as he walked near barracks in London.

Lee's widow said "justice had been done" and she now wants to concentrate on building a future for their young son.

Our correspondent Elaine Willcox was at the Appeal Court.

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Rigby's fiancée 'thankful' after killers' appeals rejected

The fiancée of murdered soldier Fusilier Lee Rigby has welcomed rulings by the Court of Appeal to reject appeals by his killers.

Lee Rigby's fiancée Aimee West (far right) with his mother, Lyn Rigby, and sister Sara McClure Credit: PA

Speaking afterwards, Aimee West said: "I am relieved and thankful with the outcome of today's hearing."

Michael Adebolajo had appealed against his conviction, while co-defendant Michael Adebowale had appealed against his life sentence.

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Judges rule the sentences given to Lee Rigby's killers are "just punishment for a barbaric murder"

Lee Rigby was murdered in Woolwich in May 2013.

The two Islamic fanatics found guilty of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby have had appeals rejected.

Michael Adebolajo's application for permission to appeal against his conviction was thrown out by Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas and two other judges in London.

They also rejected Adebolajo's attempt to appeal against his whole-life sentence, which condemns him to die behind bars.

Lord Thomas, sitting with Lady Justice Hallett and Mr Justice Openshaw, also dismissed a sentence challenge by co-accused Michael Adebowale, who was jailed for life with a minimum term of 45 years.

The British-born Muslim converts ran 25-year-old Fusilier Rigby down in a car before hacking him to death with a meat cleaver and knives in a frenzied attack in Woolwich, south London.

Lord Thomas said their sentences were "just" punishment for the "horrific and barbaric" murder.

The pair had "gloried" in what they had done, he said.

Adebolajo's attempt to challenge his conviction was "misconceived" and "completely hopeless".

Members of Fusilier Rigby's family gasped with relief and there were tears in court as the decision was announced.

Adebowale watched the proceedings via video link from Broadmoor. Adebolajo had waived his right to do the same from Frankland Prison, Country Durham.

Judges throw out appeals from Lee Rigby's murderers to have their whole life sentences reduced

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Lee Rigby's widow sees Adebolajo appeal swiftly rejected

The widow of murdered soldier Lee Rigby has attended the Royal Courts of Justice to hear the appeals of his killers.

Rebecca Rigby, the mother of the late soldier's son Jack, attended the Court of Appeal. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Michael Adebolajo this morning lost his bid to challenge both his conviction and a whole-life sentence which condemns him to die behind bars.

The panel of three judges sitting at the High Court took just a few minutes to dismiss the argument that he had not broken the Queen's Peace, ITV News Correspondent Juliet Bremner has reported.

Rebecca Rigby was joined by other members of the Rigby family at the High Court. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Lawyers for his co-accused Michael Adebowale, who was jailed for life with a minimum term of 45 years, are separately arguing for a reduction in his sentence.

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Soldier's loved ones in court to see killer's appeal thrown out

Lee Rigby was murdered in Woolwich in May 2013. Credit: ITV News

Michael Adebolajo, one of the two Islamic fanatics found guilty of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby, has lost a bid to challenge his conviction.

His application for leave to appeal was rejected by Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, sitting at the Court of Appeal in London with Lady Justice Hallett and Mr Justice Openshaw.

The judges were then hearing argument on behalf of Adebolajo against a whole-life sentence which condemns him to die behind bars.

Lawyers for his co-accused Michael Adebowale, who was jailed for life with a minimum term of 45 years, were arguing for a reduction in sentence.

The British-born Muslim converts ran 25-year-old Fusilier Rigby down in a car before hacking him to death with a meat cleaver and knives in a frenzied attack in Woolwich, south London

Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale. Credit: ITV New
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Lee Rigby killer Michael Adebolajo loses appeal bid

Michael Adebolajo, one of the two Islamic fanatics found guilty of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby, has lost a Court of Appeal challenge against his conviction.

Michael Adebolajo and his younger accomplice Michael Adebowale killed Fusilier Rigby in broad daylight in Woolwich in May last year. Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Adebolajo wanted to challenge both his conviction and his whole-life sentence for last year's killing.

The case was heard by Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas, sitting at the Court of Appeal in London with Lady Justice Hallett and Mr Justice Openshaw.

Lee Rigby's mother refuses to forgive son's killers

The mother of murdered soldier Lee Rigby says she will never forgive her son's killers.

Speaking on the first anniversary of the Fusilier's death Lyn Rigby revealed she has a recurring nightmare of the moment he was killed and she couldn't help him.

Flags were flown at half mast in Rochdale today and a permanent memorial is to be built in Lee's hometown of Middleton.

Our correspondent Mel Barham reports.

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