- Title: UK/FILE: Muslim converts plead not guilty to killing British soldier
- Date: 27th September 2013
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (MAY 22, 2013) (REUTERS) POLICE OFFICERS AND VEHICLES AT CRIME SCENE LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (MAY 24, 2013) (REUTERS) ROYAL ARTILLERY BARRACKS SIGN FLOWERS LAID AT ENTRANCE TO WOOLWICH BARRACKS VARIOUS OF FLOWERS AND POEM TRIBUTE FRAMED, SHOWING PHOTO OF RIGBY WITH RAINDROPS ON IT SOLDIERS AT ENTRANCE TO BARRACKS
- Embargoed: 12th October 2013 13:00
- Location: United Kingdom
- Country: United Kingdom
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- Story Text: Two Muslim converts plead not guilty via video link to the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby on a London street.
Two Muslim converts pleaded not guilty on Friday (September 27) to murdering a British soldier whose killing in broad daylight on a busy London street in May horrified the nation.
Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, a veteran of the Afghan war, was hacked to death near an army barracks in Woolwich, southeast London. A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as "multiple incised wounds".
Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, appeared by videolink from prison at London's Old Bailey criminal court on Friday where they denied murdering Rigby, conspiracy to murder a police officer and attempted murder of a police officer.
The two men, wearing red T-shirts, spoke only to confirm their names with both also using their Islamic names - Mujahid Abu Hamza for Adebolajo and Ismail Ibn Abdullah for Adebowale. Their trial is due to start on Nov. 18.
In 2010 Adebolajo was detained by Kenyan police in Mombasa before being deported to the UK. He was accused of seeking training with the al-Qaeda-linked militant group al Shabaab in Somalia.
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