Rigby killer launches appeal against life sentence

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One of the two murderers of soldier Lee Rigby has launched an appeal against his whole-life prison term.

Michael Adebolajo was sentenced at the Old Bailey in February alongside Michael Adebowale, who was jailed for life with a minimum term of 45 years.

The pair were sentenced by Mr Justice Sweeney for murdering Rigby near Woolwich Barracks on May 22 last year.

Heartbroken relatives of Fusilier Rigby, who married in Halifax in 2007, said “justice has been served” after Adebolajo was given the whole-life term.

When announcing the sentences, Mr Justice Sweeney told Adebolajo and Adebowale: “You each converted to Islam some years ago. Thereafter you were radicalised and each became an extremist, espousing a cause and views which, as has been said elsewhere, are a betrayal of Islam and of the peaceful Muslim communities who give so much to our country.”

He went on: “You decided between you, and in order to advance your extremist cause, to murder a soldier in public in broad daylight and to do so in a way that would generate maximum media coverage, including getting yourselves killed by armed officers who would be bound to attend the scene in the aftermath of the murder – thereby expecting that you would become martyrs and each gain a place in paradise.”