Adebolajo is on video holding a bloody cleaver and referring to the Qur’an to explain why he murdered Rigby, and he pleads not guilty.
“Lee Rigby: Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale deny murder,” by Vikram Dodd for the Guardian, September 27:
The two men accused of murdering a soldier in broad daylight near Woolwich barracks have pleaded not guilty to the killing.
Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale are charged with murdering Lee Rigby in May in what the authorities claim was a terrorist act.
Rigby, 25, was attacked as he returned to Woolwich barracks in south London.
At a pre-trial hearing on Friday at the Old Bailey in central London, both men entered pleas to the murder charge for the first time since their arrest.
Adebowale, 22, from Greenwich, south-east London, is accused of murdering Rigby on 22 May and possessing a firearm, a 9.4mm KNIL model 91 revolver.
Adebolajo, 28, from Romford, Essex, is also accused of Rigby’s murder, the attempted murder of two police officers, and possession of a firearm with intent to cause others to believe that violence would be used.
Adebolajo asked to be called Mujahid Abu Hamza. Adebowale has asked to be referred to as Ismail Ibn Abdullah during proceedings.…