Lee Rigby Killer Michael Adebolajo Launches Appeal . . . And It Could Cost Tens of Thousands in Legal Aid

Martin Robinson, Daily Mail (London), January 30, 2014

One of the two Muslim converts who hacked Drummer Lee Rigby to death has launched a taxpayer-funded appeal against his murder conviction, it was revealed today.

Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, ran down the 25-year-old Fusilier at 30mph before executing him in a Woolwich street using a meat cleaver and knives last year.

They were found guilty of his murder in just 90 minutes last month, but Adebolajo maintained they were ‘soldiers of Allah’ and ‘at war’, so should not have been convicted.

He has now applied to the Court of Appeal in London to have it quashed, it has emerged.

If judges agree his case deserves a new hearing, his defence could cost the taxpayers tens of thousands in legal aid.

On May 22 last year Adebolajo, a married father of six, lay in wait near Woolwich Barracks with Adebowale so they could kill a soldier.

They picked 25-year-old Fusilier Rigby because he was wearing a Help for Heroes hooded top and carrying a camouflage rucksack.

After driving into him in their Vauxhall Tigra, the killers –who had armed themselves with eight knives, including a meat cleaver and a five-piece set bought by Adebolajo the previous day–butchered him in the street in front of horrified onlookers.

Lee Rigby’s family fled the Old Bailey in tears on several occasions during the harrowing trial.

One witness described the killers’ actions as being ‘like a butcher attacking a joint of meat’.

The jury of eight women and four men sat through weeks of evidence including shocking footage of Adebolajo with bloodied hands confessing to the killing and claiming his actions were ‘an eye for an eye’.

They then waited for armed police hoping they would be killed and sent to ‘paradise’ but Scotland Yard officers shot them but ensure they did not suffer fatal injuries.

Adebolajo was seen dropping the meat cleaver as he sprinted across the road towards a police car, collapsing to the ground when he was shot.

Adebowale, who moved along a wall to draw fire from the officers, was seen folding over as he was shot by one of three armed officers and had a finger blasted off when he tried to point his gun at them again.

Both were then given life-saving first aid in the road.

The killers asked to be called by their adopted Islamic names in court–Adebolajo as Mujahid Abu Hamza, and Adebowale as Ismail Ibn Abdullah–and claimed they carried out the murder because they were ‘soldiers of Allah’.

The jury was told this was no defence in law to the charge.

The men were cleared of the attempted murder of a police officer, and had previously admitted possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Mr Justice Sweeney said he will sentence the pair after a key Court of Appeal ruling on the use of whole-life jail terms.

A date for the appeal judgment has not been announced following a recent hearing before a panel of five leading judges, headed by Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas.

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  • Spartacus

    “…but Adebolajo maintained they were ‘soldiers of Allah’ and ‘at war’, so should not have been convicted.”


    He’s right you know. He should’ve been killed without any kind of trial .

    • Extropico

      This is a war crime from an admitted enemy combatant. He should have been executed the same day as the arrest.

      • Zaporizhian Sich

        The police should have unloaded their pistols into him, just as they would have had he did this in the States. A man like him would be shot, and shot again until he’s dead at the hands of U.S. police.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Put him in a cell with Charlie Bronson while he waits…

  • bigone4u

    Britain should reinstate public hangings. So should the US. As it stands these soldiers of Allah will be fed and housed on the taxpayer dime, while studying their beloved Koran and inspiring other atrocities. I can only hope Britain does not allow them conjugal visits, but from what we know about these guys, they’ll find a way to sex it up in prison with each other anyway.

  • IstvanIN

    There is no doubt that he did it. There were not only tons of witnesses, but plenty of video. Get out the piano wire and let him dangle.

    • refocus

      But the video was edited to remove the sight of the car swerving to run him over, the blacks jumping out and cutting off his head.

    • sbuffalonative

      First fill his mouth with raw bacon and sow it shut while a dog urinates on the Quran. Then let him dangle.

      • Zaporizhian Sich

        I would hang him with a noose soaked in pig fat, without the customary black bag while other Muslims like him are forced to watch. Failing that, how about beheading with a long, sharp sword?

      • Zaporizhian Sich

        Just hang them with ropes soaked in pig fat, then bury them with some more pork.

  • 1stworlder

    I bet there is not a single Labor politician that would be willing to say “I would rather the soldier survived and the jihadists did not”. If the soldier had survived the attack and killed them instead it would have been a hate crime.

  • Homo_Occidentalis

    The fact that he still draws breath is a great blow to the pride of every red-blooded Briton. The fact that a mob hasn’t gathered outside his prison to demand immediate justice will be to Britain’s eternal shame.

  • borogirl54

    More crazy Muslims. Too bad that the Brits cannot give them what they want, the death sentence.

  • Extropico

    Shouldn’t a true-believin’ supporter of Allah want an early death and 72 virgins. Why isn’t he asking for the death penalty?

  • Epiminondas

    Murderers like this should be executed using the same methods they used on their victims.

  • TheCogitator

    Our outrage should be directed at a legal system that allows this sort of nonsense. This goes way beyond a defense. Somehow we have allowed evil fools to run our countries.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    “On May 22 last year Adebolajo, a married father of six, lay in wait near Woolwich Barracks with Adebowale so they could kill a soldier.”

    He has six children and the British taxpayers are probably going to end up paying for the upkeep of all of them. Just let that sink in. His genetic progeny are going to be kept alive and the expense of the nation he despises.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    What are Muslim negroids doing in Britain anyway? Importing non-white, non-western foreigners with a historical grudge against the west is a recipe for civil strife and ethnically, racially motivated violence.

    The folks at Westminster believe that simple acknowledgement of a few democratic ideals is enough to create instant “Englishmen”. The typical non-white believes that English identity is as uncomplicated as putting on a three piece suit and waving the Union Jack. But this is the cargo cult view of western culture. Assimilating the normative standards of Anglo-Saxon culture is more than just mouthing a few platitudes. Being English is not only about IQ, but also about being able to think and feel like an Anglo-Saxon. This requires a shared ethnic, racial and cultural experience, something that is beyond the capacity of non-whites by virtue of their many racial incompatibilities with the host European culture.

    • Romulus

      In point of fact there is no such thing as a non white Anglo-Saxon.
      Same thing as unicorns.

  • humura

    What should happen to the wife and 6 children of a brutal war criminal who fights against Britain?

    • Zaporizhian Sich

      Immediate arrest, detention, and expulsion, period.

  • FransSusan

    The same thing is happening here in the US.

  • FransSusan

    Why did they not shoot to kill? These useless pukes aren’t human.

  • NoMosqueHere

    What do you expect? Everyone is scared to death of the muslims; and we give in to them at every turn. What the hell…take my country, take Israel, since your cause is just, it always is; western man deserves it, he is racist and mean. But please don’t kill us. We will do anything you want, but please don’t ruin our vacation in the French Riviera.

    • Zaporizhian Sich

      Not everyone’s scared of the Muslims, I am for one am not. I am well aware of what kind of man I would have to become when open warfare breaks out between them and us in our own lands. Many of us will have to become men that will terrify even other whites, after all the only way to destroy these terrorists is creating an even greater terror against them. I’m getting to the point where I have little reason to fear anyone or anything, older men can be the most dangerous.

  • Bantu_Education

    Its the “holy duty” of Muslims to weaken infidel societies by any means they can. They do this by breeding as many new muslims as possible AND getting stupid white infidels to pay for their own instruments of suicide.

  • WR_the_realist

    The murders in Great Britain have gotten so much more civilized since the government took away their guns.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    Yes, it is ruled by hostile racial and religious aliens who are not white, not Christian, and certainly not British. Their actions and frequently inaction clearly shows they are working towards the total extermination of white Britons. That is what’s wrong with England, and the cure is to destroy them, and anyone who offers them aid and comfort. Rooting them out and driving them into the English Channel is the only way for white Britons to save themselves.