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: 'I blame Blair for friend's death in Iraq'

Michael Adebolajo has said that whilst growing up in Romford, the "vast majority" of his friends were white British, and one, Kirk Redpath, joined the Army and was later killed in Iraq.

Adebolajo said: "I hold Tony Blair responsible for his death."

He said his favourite teacher at school was the first person to teach him about Adolf Hitler.

He told the court it showed him that "there are some very wicked people in the world".

The 28-year-old was raised as a Christian.

"My parents used to take us to church every Sunday. The memory that sticks in my mind... is probably every New Year's Eve in the evening around 11 o'clock we would gather around in candlelight and read passages from the Bible."

– Michael Adebolajo

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