Killer of British soldier gets life sentence

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LONDON: A Muslim extremist was jailed for life and his accomplice for 45 years on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) for hacking British soldier Lee Rigby to death on a London street in a “terrorist” killing that shocked the nation.

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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 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 Rigby, who had previously served in Afghanistan, and said Adebowale had to serve a minimum of 45 years.

“This was a murder with a terrorist connection,” the judge said, describing the killing as “sickening and pitiless.”

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