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Monday 21 April 2014

Lee Rigby trial: head was 'almost detached' says accused

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of the two men accused of the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby, Michael Adebolajo (left) and Michael Adebowale (right) during their trial at the Old Bailey
Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of the two men accused of the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby, Michael Adebolajo (left) and Michael Adebowale (right) during their trial at the Old Bailey

One of the alleged killers of drummer Lee Rigby branded Britain's leaders as 'wicked' and told detectives that the soldier's head was almost separated from his body on the day of his murder, a court hears

Michael Adebolajo, 28, is accused of hacking Fusilier Rigby to death with a meat cleaver and knives, along with Michael Adebowale, 22, on May 22 near Woolwich barracks in south east London.

In police interviews, which were played to the jury at the Old Bailey, Adebolajo told officers what happened to the soldier. He said: "He was struck in the neck with a sharp implement and it was sawed until his head, you know, almost detached and may Allah forgive me if I acted in a way that is displeasing to him."

In other interviews Adebolajo also referred to himself as a "soldeir of Allah" and said people had not realised there was a war ongoing between Muslims and British people for many years.

He said people didn't realise the "wickedness and corruption" of Tony Blair and accused David Cameron of trying to copy him, "as if he worships him."

Adebolajo, who appeared in the interviews covered in a blue blanket, described the leaders of Britain as ""wicked, corrupt, selfish and oppressive" and he was "particularly disgusted by David Cameron, the Miliband brothers and what's-his-name, Nick Clegg".

He also branded politicians gathering in the House of Commons and paying tribute to soldiers killed in Afghanistan as a "disgusting practice."

He added: "The proof that this war between the people of Britain and the Muslims is that unfortunately it has to be interpreted in this way simply because your leaders, you have leaders who rule over you, unfortunately they rule over you in a very wicked, corrupt, selfish and oppressive manner."

Telegraph.co.uk

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