Friday, 31 May 2013

22-Year-Old Muslim Charged With Murder in British Soldier.

22-Year-Old Charged With Murder in British Soldier's Hacking Death.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | NewsMax | UK :: British police on Wednesday charged with murder one of the two chief suspects in last week's brutal suspected Islamist attack against a British soldier on a London street.

Metropolitan Police confirmed they had charged Michael Adebowale, 22, with the murder of 25-year-old Lee Rigby, who died following the May 22 attack in Woolwich, south east London.

"Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Service's Counter Terrorism Command have . . . charged a man with the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich on Wednesday 22 May," said the police statement.

"Michael Adebowale, 22, of Greenwich, was charged with the murder of Lee Rigby contrary to common law.

"He was also charged with possession of a firearm," it added.

The suspect has been remanded in custody and will appear at Westminster Magistrate's Court on Thursday morning.

The other suspect, 28-year-old Michael Adebolajo, remains under guard at a London hospital, police added.

Both men required hospital treatment after being shot and injured by police at the murder scene last week.

A post-mortem examination found that Rigby died of "multiple incised wounds", police said on Wednesday.

Rigby was hacked to death in broad daylight before Adebolajo delivered an Islamist tirade to passers-by.

London's Metropolitan Police added, in a statement, that Rigby had been hit by a car before the fatal attack.

A formal hearing into Rigby's death will open at Southwark Coroner's Court in London on Friday, police added.

The announcements came as counter-terror detectives urged witnesses to come forward.
Adebowale was discharged from hospital on Tuesday before being held at a south London police station ahead of questioning.

Fellow suspect Adebolajo remains in a stable condition.

Adebolajo was filmed holding a bloody knife and a meat cleaver shortly after the attack, telling a passer-by he killed Rigby because British soldiers were killing Muslims every day.

Eight other people have been arrested over the case, including two women released without charge.

Both Adebowale and Adebolajo are converts to Islam who grew up in Christian Nigerian families.

[Courtesy: NewsMax & AFP].

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