Lee Rigby Murder Accused Trial Underway

The trial of Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale for the murder of soldier Lee Rigby has gotten underway at the Old Bailey in London.

Lee Rigby was murdered on 22 May as he made his way back to his barracks in Woolwich.

The court will hear how 28-year-old Adebolajo and 22-year-old Adebowale drove into Fusilier Rigby before launching a knife attack and dragging his body into the road.

The two men are also accused of attempting to murder a police officer and conspiracy to murder a police officer.

The men deny all charges.

It is understood that Adebolajo, from Romford, east London has asked to be known as Mujaahid Abu Hamza in court, and Mr Adebowale, from Greenwich, south-east London, wants to be known as Ismail Ibn Abdullah.


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