Rigby was 'callously murdered'

Soldier Lee Rigby was the victim of "a cowardly and callous murder", a jury has heard, after the fusilier was hit by a car and attacked with a knife and a meat cleaver as he walked back to Woolwich Barracks on May 22.

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Jurors shown video of Woolwich murder suspect

Jurors were shown a video clip of Michael Adebolajo, one of the men suspected of killing soldier Lee Rigby, speaking while holding bladed weapons in his bloodied hands.

Speaking into the camera he said: "The only reason we've killed this man today is because Muslims are dying daily by British soldiers.

"This British soldier is one - he is an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

"By Allah we swear by the Almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone."

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Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale deny the charges.


Rigby trial continues

Fusilier Lee Rigby was murdered on May 22 in Woolwich. Credit: MoD/Crown Copy/PA Wire

The trial of two men accused of killing soldier Lee Rigby will continue today.

Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale are charged with murdering the Fusilier as he walked back to Woolwich Barracks in May.


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Jurors shown bloodied weapons allegedly used

A court artist's sketch of Michael Adebolajo (left) and Michael Adebowale (right). Credit: Priscilla Coleman/ ITV News

Jurors were shown pictures of the bloodied weapons that the men allegedly used, and the 9.4mm Dutch calibre revolver that was in their possession.

Prosecutor Richard Whittam QC told the court that Adebolajo made a number of comments after he was shot by police.

These included: "I am a Muslim extremist, this may be the only chance you meet one."

"Your people have gone to Afghanistan and raped and killed our women, I am seeking retribution, I wouldn't stoop so low as to rape and kill women."

"I thank the person who shot me, because it is what Allah would have wanted."

"I love Allah more than my children."

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