One of the men accused of murdering soldier Lee Rigby has told a jury "my religion is everything".
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.
"My religion is everything.When I came to Islam I realised that... real success is not just what you can acquire, but really is if you make it to paradise, because then you can relax."
– Michael Adebolajo
Adebolajo said he converted to Islam in his first year at Greenwich University.
The court heard that Adebolajo is married and has six children, including a seven-year-old boy.
"In most instances I don't get along with authority, except for my mother and my father.I don't believe in the law."
The leader of far-right group the English Defence League has been charged with obstructing police after allegedly trying to defy a ban on marching to the scene of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby via a major mosque.
Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court this afternoon and was bailed to return on September 11.
The 30-year-old, from Luton in Bedfordshire, was arrested on suspicion of obstructing officers outside Aldgate East tube station in east London on June 29, along with his EDL co-leader Kevin Carroll.