Woolwich defendant Michael Adebolajo gives evidence

Michael Adebolajo, who is accused of murdering Fusilier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, has begun giving evidence at the Old Bailey.

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Rigby accused: 'Religion is everything'

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."

– Michael Adebolajo

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