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Thursday 27 October 2016


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Michael Adebolajo appears in court with Koran in hand putting up show of defiance


altWOOLWICH murder suspect Michael Adebolajo showed no remorse as he appeared in court yesterday as he not only came in with a copy of the Koran but also instructed officials to address him as Mujahid Abu Hamza.


Adebolajo, 22, appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court yesterday in what was his first public sighting since the attack on soldier Lee Rigby on May 22.  Dressed in a white T-shirt with a plaster cast on his left arm, he interrupted the short hearing a number of times, instructing the court to address him by his preferred name of  Mujahid Abu Hamza.


He also waved to a supporter in the public gallery and repeatedly kissed the copy of the Koran which he had brought to court with him. Adebolajo also refused to stand in the dock, adding that he would rather sit down.


When asked to stand, he asked: "May I ask why? May I ask why? I want to sit."


His charge sheet was read out yesterday in which he was charged with the murder of Lee Rigby, 25, a soldier with the Second Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in Woolwich, on 22 May. He is also charged with the attempted murder of two police officers and possession of a 9.4mm Dutch calibre KNIL Model 91 revolver.


During the hearing, Adebolajo told the presiding magistrate Emma Arbuthnot, that he had not heard that version of the charges and would not confirm them. "I'm not sure I've heard those specific charges," he added.


Magistrate Arbuthnot  remanded Adebolajo in custody for 48 hours. His co-accused Michael Adebowale, 22, appeared simultaneously at the Old Bailey via videolink from Belmarsh prison, in Plumstead, charged with murder too.


Wearing a green, white and yellow tracksuit top, Adebowale, of Greenwich, south-east London, spoke only to confirm his name and address. He was remanded in custody until 28 June when he will appear for a hearing to determine a trial timetable.



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