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Lee Rigby: Family hail 'justice' as killers convicted

Report by Charlotte Cross, Video by Charlotte Cross

The family of murdered soldier Lee Rigby have given an emotional statement outside court, welcoming the guilty verdicts against his killers.

Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale ran down Fusilier Lee Rigby before hacking him to death near Woolwich barracks in May.

They denied his murder, claiming they were “soldiers of Allah” – but the jury at the Old Bailey rejected their arguments and returned guilty verdicts for both.

In a statement read outside the court following the verdict, his family said it had been the “toughest time” of their lives, and said they were satisfied that justice had been done.

“Unfortunately, no amount of justice will bring Lee back,” they added.

During the case, the jury heard graphic details of the attack on Fusilier Rigby – and Adebolajo told them he did not regret his actions.

“I will never regret obeying the command of Allah. That is all I can say,” he told the court.

“I'm a mujahid, I'm a soldier, I'm doing what Allah commands me to do. I can't do anything else.”

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