Killer’s child was 4-days old on day of attack – “Al Qaeda …I love them, they’re my brothers”
The trial of the murderers of British army drummer Lee Rigby with machetes and knives on a London street continues. We reported before, Murderers of Lee Rigby searched for British soldier to kill.
The trial is receiving almost no mainstream media coverage in the U.S.
One of the killers took the stand today, and was proud of what he had done, as reported by The Telegraph:
Michael Adebolajo, 28, also told the Old Bailey jury that he was a “soldier of Allah” and that he had no regrets over the killing because he was obeying his god.
He said after the case he should be either “ransomed” back to his Mujahideen brothers, freed or killed.
At the start of his defence in chief, Adebolajo sat in the witness box of Court number 2, surrounded by five security guards and just feet from Fusilier Rigby’s family.
He and Michael Adebowale, 22, are accused of murdering Fusilier Rigby by running him down with a car and then hacking him to death with a meat cleaver and knives near Woolwich Barracks in south east London on May 22.
Asked who al Qaeda were by his counsel, David Gottlieb, Adebolajo replied: “Al Qaeda, I consider to be Mujahideen. I love them, they’re my brothers. I have never met them. I consider them my brothers in Islam.”
He added: “Mujahideen are the army of Allah.”
He said: “I am a soldier and this is war.”
When asked what his defence to the charge of murder is, Adebolajo said: “I’m a soldier. I’m a soldier of Allah and I understand that some people might not recognise this because we do not wear fatigues and we do not go to the Brecon Beacons and train and this sort of thing. But we are still soldiers in the sight of Allah as a mujahid.
“This is all that matters, if Allah considers me a soldier, then I am a soldier.”
The Daily Mail further reports:
He went on: ‘My religion is everything.
‘When I came to Islam I realised that… real success is not just what you can acquire, but really is if you make it to paradise, because then you can relax.’
Adebolajo said he converted to Islam in his first year at Greenwich University.
When asked about his attitude to people in authority, he said: ‘Generally speaking, I don’t get along with them, generally. In most instances I don’t get along with authority, except for my mother and my father.’
As ground rules were set out for his giving evidence, including not speaking over the judge, he said: ‘I don’t believe in the law.’
We will continue to follow the trial.
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