- Title: UNITED KINGDOM: Defendants and Lee Rigby's family arrive at court as trial starts
- Date: 29th November 2013
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (NOVEMBER 29, 2013) (REUTERS) ROAD BLOCKED AS TWO PRISON VANS UNDER POLICE CAR ESCORT ARRIVE AT CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT TWO POLICE CARS WITH FLASHING LIGHTS POLICE JEEP WITH FLASHING LIGHTS ONLOOKERS ON STREET ONLOOKERS AND CAMERA CREWS OUTSIDE COURT CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT SIGN FAMILY OF LEE RIGBY WALKING TOWARDS COURT (MOTHER, LYN RIGBY FAR RIGHT WITH WHITE SCARF / FIANCEE AIMEE WEST IN MIDDLE WITH BLONDE HAIR, BLACK SUIT AND PINK HANDBAG / STEPFATHER OF IAN RIGBY ON LEFT) FAMILY, SURROUNDED BY PHOTOGRAPHERS ENTERING COURT CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT SIGN CENTRAL CRIMINAL COURT BUILDING VARIOUS OF SCALES OF JUSTICE ON TOP OF OLD BAILEY DOME
- Embargoed: 14th December 2013 12:00
- Location: United Kingdom
- Country: United Kingdom
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- Story Text: The trial of two Muslim converts accused of hacking to death a British soldier in broad daylight on a London street began on Friday (November 29) in a case that has shocked many in Britain.
Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, a veteran of the Afghan war, was killed on May 22 not far from army barracks in Woolwich, southeast London in a murder that provoked disgust and fears of an anti-Muslim backlash. A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as "multiple incised wounds".
Accused Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale arrived at the Central Criminal Court, known as the Old Bailey under heavy guard in prison vans with police escorts and flashing lights.
They deny murdering Rigby, conspiracy to murder a police officer and the attempted murder of a police officer.
The case opened on November 18, but Friday is the first day of the actual trial.
Both suspects have used their Islamic names - Mujahid Abu Hamza for Adebolajo and Ismail Ibn Abdullah for Adebowale - during the pre-trial hearings.
Rigby's mother Lyn, step father Ian and fiancï¿½ Aimee West attended day one of the trial.
Prime Minister David Cameron described the killing at the time as a betrayal of Islam and an attack on the British way of life.
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