Accessibility links

Breaking News

London Soldier Murder Suspects Go to Court

A police van thought to be carrying Michael Adebowale arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, May 30, 2013.
The two Muslim converts suspected of brutally hacking to death a soldier on a London street appear in court on Monday.

Twenty-eight-year-old Michael Adebolajo appears at Westminster Magistrates Court for his first hearing, after he was charged Saturday with the May 22 murder of soldier Lee Rigby and the attempted murder of two police officers. He was released from a hospital Friday, after treatment for gunshot wounds inflicted by police who responded to the crime scene.

The other suspect, 22-year-old Michael Adebowale, will appear at the Old Bailey after being charged with murder and attempted murder last week following his hospital release.

Both suspects told witnesses at the crime scene they were acting in retaliation against British forces for the killing of Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan. Three other suspects arrested last week are awaiting conspiracy charges.

The Rigby killing has sparked protests and attacks on British mosques, triggering calls for calm from the family of the murdered soldier.

On Saturday, dozens of people were arrested in London, as activists sought to confront anti-fascist demonstrators near the British Parliament.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.