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Woolwich accused: I'm a soldier


Drummer Lee Rigby was murdered in Woolwich

Drummer Lee Rigby was murdered in Woolwich


Drummer Lee Rigby was murdered in Woolwich

One of the men accused of murdering soldier Lee Rigby has told the Old Bailey: "I'm a man, I'm a soldier, I'm a British citizen."

Appearing via videolink, Michael Adebolajo, 28, interrupted proceedings on several occasions during the bail hearing, telling judge Mr Justice Sweeney: "It's not about you. This whole trial is about more than that. It's not about me, even though I played a major part in proceedings.

"Really and truly it's about the good, honest, decent, hard-working British members of society, whether they be Muslim or non-Muslim. They are the ones that have suffered the most..."

Adebolajo, who is also accused of the attempted murder of two police officers and possession of a firearm - a 9.4mm KNIL model 91 revolver - with intent to cause others to believe that violence would be used, was reprimanded by the judge for interrupting several times and eventually the videolink was switched off.

The defendant was listed as Mujaahid Abu Hamza AKA Adebolajo by the court, after asking to be referred to by the name when he appeared before magistrates on Monday, and was addressed as Mr Hamza during proceedings.

Adebolajo was charged with the four counts on Saturday, having been discharged from hospital on Friday having spent just over a week there being treated for his injuries after being shot by police in the incident. The court heard that Adebolajo had been seen by psychiatrists three times while in hospital and at least twice since he had been discharged and in custody, and had been declared fit for interview in all.

During the proceedings, Adebolajo complained that his privacy had been violated as he claimed he had been made to have his private parts examined twice ahead of his appearance in court. Describing the prison officer who had asked to examine him as a "jobsworth", he added that after the experience: "I cried like a baby, you know, into my sleeve", but agreed to the examination after the officer said "please".

Adebolajo from Romford in Essex, will appear at the court alongside co-defendant Michael Adebowale, 22, from Greenwich, south east London, for a preliminary hearing on June 28.

Separately, a 30-year-old man has been charged with terror offences as part of an investigation into a friend of one of the suspected Woolwich killers, Scotland Yard said. Shah Jalal Hussain was arrested at an address in east London. He faces two charges connected to the alleged dissemination of terrorist publications and is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court. His arrest is linked to an investigation into Abu Nusaybah, also known as Ibrahim Abdullah-Hassan, who was arrested and charged with terror offences after he gave an interview on BBC Newsnight.

Hussain is accused of allowing others to access the video of a lecture, given by Khalid al-Husainan, and a text called Reality of the Rulers written by Abu Zubair Adil al-Adab and by doing so, encouraging or inducing the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. Both alleged offences fall under the Terrorism Act 2006 and are alleged to have taken place on or before May 24.