MOSCOW, Janaury 30 (RAPSI) - One of two men convicted of the murder of killed British soldier Lee Rigby in broad daylight in London has launched an appeal challenging the verdict, The Independent reported Thursday.
In May 2013, Rigby was killed as he was returning to Woolwich barracks in southeast London. The police detained two suspects, Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, at the crime scene almost immediately. They were telling passersby that they had killed Rigby because of their religion.
Local news station ITV aired footage depicting one of the attackers, still wielding a meat cleaver, his hands drenched in blood, as he bellowed into the camera: "You people will never be safe."
The two suspects, who resisted arrest, were shot by officers and taken to hospital.
In September, Reuters reported that Adebolajo and Adebowale, who used their Islamic names Mujahid Abu Hamza and Ismail Ibn Abdullah respectively, pleaded not guilty to Rigby’s murder, conspiracy to murder a police officer, and attempted murder of a police officer.
The Independent noted that the two men were convicted of murder in December, with the jury having required only 90 minutes to reach its verdicts in the case.
Among the footage shown to jurors during the course of the proceedings was a video recording of Adebolajo with his hands covered in blood attributing the attack to, “an eye for an eye.”
The judge is reportedly waiting to sentence the defendants until a Court of Appeal judgment on whole-life prison terms is handed down.