Wednesday, February 26, 2014

UK: Update--Murderers of Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, Gets Life in Prison, 45 Years, Respectively

According to The Telegraph, Michael Adebolajo, 28, has been sentenced to life in prison and his co-conspirator Michael Adebowale, 22,  has been sentenced to 45 years in prison  after hitting British soldier, Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, on the afternoon of May 22, 2013,  with a car and then the two ran over and bludgeoned the Drummer/machine gunner to death.

Rigby was off duty and walking along Wellington Street when he was attacked.

The two assailants then dragged Rigby's body into the roadway and remained at the scene until police arrived. They told passers-by that they had killed a soldier to avenge the killing of Muslims by British forces.

Both assailants then remained at the crime scene until police arrived at which point responding officers responded by shooting and wounding both of them when they were threatened. Subsequently, the two British nationals of Nigerian descent, who later converted to Islam, were both taken to the hospital.

COMMENT: Rigby was a member of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Rigby, from Middleton, Greater Manchester, had served in Cyprus, Germany, and Afghanistan before becoming a recruiter and assisting with duties in the Tower of London. 

Rigby married in 2007 and had a two-year-old son, although he and his wife had separated. 

In 2010, Adebolajo was arrested in Kenya with five others. He reportedly  traveled using a British passport in the name Michael Olemendis Ndemolajo. Boniface Mwaniki, head of Kenya's anti-terrorism unit, said he believed Adebolajo was planning to train with Al-Shabaab, a terrorist group located in neighboring Somalia. Interestingly, no charges were ever filed against Adebolajo.

Had the British investigated Adebolajo more vigorously, it is possible that the bona fides of his passport in the name of  Michael Olemendis Ndemolajo might very well have flagged a discrepancy in his explanations.

On December 19, 2013, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale were found guilty of the murder of Lee Rigby.