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Appeal bids from Lee Rigby killers rejected at High Court

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

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.

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

His accomplice Michael Adebowale, who was jailed for life with a minimum term of 45 years, also saw an appeal for a reduction in his sentence rejected.

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Lee Rigby's widow hails 'justice' after killer appeals fail

The widow of murdered soldier Lee Rigby has said "justice has been done" after seeing the High Court firmly reject appeals by his killers.

A panel of three judges threw out the conviction and sentence challenges by Islamic fanatics Michael Adebolajo and sentence reduction challenge by Michael Adebowale.

Rebecca Rigby attended the Royal Courts of Justice to hear the response of leading judges to the appeals of her late husband's killers. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Rebecca Rigby, who was estranged from the soldier at the time of his death, joined her late husband's family in court and later choked back tears as she read a prepared statement outside.

I would like to thank everyone who made today's verdict possible. We are relieved that this is over and justice has been done. I would like to thank everyone for their continued support over the last 18 months and hope I can now build a future for my son Jack and ensure that (Lee's) memory lives on.

– Rebecca Rigby

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