Muslim killer of UK soldier jailed for life, accomplice 45 years
LONDON (AFP) - A Muslim extremist was jailed for life and his accomplice for 45 years on Wednesday for hacking British soldier Lee Rigby to death on a London street in a “terrorist” killing that shocked the nation.
Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, were dragged from the dock in the Old Bailey court in London after they started screaming “Allahu akbar” (God is greater) at the judge during the sentencing.
The pair of Muslim converts were found guilty in December of ploughing into Mr Rigby with a car before attacking him with knives in broad daylight outside his barracks in Woolwich, southeast London, in May 2013.
Judge Nigel Sweeney ordered Adebolajo to spend the rest of his life behind bars without the possibility of parole for killing Mr Rigby, who had previously served in Afghanistan, and said Adebowale had to serve a minimum of 45 years.