UK soldier slaying suspect makes court appearance

Michael Adebolajo, 28, who was shot by police before he was arrested, arrived kissing a copy of the Quran

Associated Press

LONDON — One of two main suspects in the killing of a British soldier in London made his first appearance in court Monday, kissing a copy of the Quran and raising his injured arm in the air.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, who was shot by police before he was arrested on the scene of the killing on May 22, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court with his left arm heavily bandaged.

Adebolajo — who asked to be known in court as Mujahid Abu Hamza — faces charges of murder, attempted murder of two police officers and firearms possession.

His suspected accomplice, Michael Adebowale, 22, made a separate appearance at another London court via video-link later Monday.

Adebowale is also accused of killing Drummer Lee Rigby, as well as possession of a gun.

Both men were shot by police and placed under armed guard in the hospital after the attack on Rigby, an off-duty soldier who was run over by a car and then stabbed repeatedly while walking back to his military barracks in southeast London.

Wearing a white T-shirt and white trousers in court Monday, Adebolajo blew a kiss to a man in the public gallery, and both men then pointed to the sky.

When asked to stand, Adebolajo did so, but asked "May I ask why?" and said he wanted to sit down.

He was kept in custody to appear at court again within two days for a bail hearing.

Police have arrested and questioned several others in connection with the attack.

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