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Woolwich suspects appear in court together in connection with murdered soldier Lee Rigby

Margaret Davis and Jamie Grierson

Published 18/11/2013 | 17:44

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Undated Ministry of Defence handout photo of Fusilier Lee Rigby, as the two men accused of murdering the soldier are due to appear in court today as they prepare to stand trial at the Old Bailey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday November 18, 2013. Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, are charged with murdering the Fusilier as he walked back to Woolwich Barracks in south-east London on May 22. See PA story COURTS Woolwich. Photo credit should read: MoD/Crown Copy/PA Wire
Undated Ministry of Defence handout photo of Fusilier Lee Rigby, as the two men accused of murdering the soldier are due to appear in court today as they prepare to stand trial at the Old Bailey
Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of of the two men accused of the murder of soldier Fusilier Lee Rigby, Michael Adebolajo (left) and Michael Adebowale (right) during their hearing at the Old Bailey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday November 18, 2013. Father-of-one Rigby, 25, from Middleton, Greater Manchester, died of multiple cut and stab wounds when he was attacked as he returned to the barracks after spending the day at the Tower of London. See PA story COURTS Woolwich. Photo credit should read:  Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire
Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of of the two men accused of the murder of soldier Fusilier Lee Rigby, Michael Adebolajo (left) and Michael Adebowale (right) during their hearing at the Old Bailey
Members of the British Veterans' Group outside the Old Bailey in London ahead of a court hearing of Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22,  who are charged with the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday November 18, 2013. See PA story COURTS Woolwich. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Members of the British Veterans' Group outside the Old Bailey in London ahead of a court hearing of Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, who are charged with the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby

The two men accused of murdering soldier Lee Rigby appeared together in a court dock for the first time today.

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Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, were at the Old Bailey where their case was listed for a mention hearing.

Adebolajo, wearing a black shirt, and Adebowale, in a beige knitted jumper, spoke only to confirm their names as they appeared in oak-panelled Court 2.

They are charged with murdering the Fusilier as he walked back to Woolwich Barracks in south-east London on May 22.

They are also each accused of attempting to murder a police officer on the same day, and conspiracy to murder a police officer on or before that day.

A handful of far-right protesters from the British National Party and the English Defence League gathered outside the court building with flags and placards.

Father-of-one Fusilier Rigby, 25, from Middleton, Greater Manchester, died of multiple cut and stab wounds when he was attacked as he returned to the barracks after spending the day at the Tower of London.

Adebolajo, from Romford in Essex, has asked to be known as Mujaahid Abu Hamza in court, while Adebowale, from Greenwich, south-east London, has asked to be called Ismail Ibn Abdullah.

The case was adjourned until Thursday.

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