Trial begins over UK soldier`s murder in London

Two men accused of killing a British soldier in an apparent Islamic terrorist attack on a London street appeared in court on Monday as their trial began.

PTI| Updated: Nov 19, 2013, 11:34 AM IST

London: Two men accused of killing a British soldier in an apparent Islamic terrorist attack on a London street appeared in court on Monday as their trial began.

Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, were shot by police and placed under armed guard in a hospital after the May 22 attack on Lee Rigby, an off-duty soldier who was run over by a car, then stabbed repeatedly while walking back to his military barracks in southeast London.

The two men appeared at London`s Old Bailey Court today, as about three dozen activists protested against Islamic violence outside the building.

Adebolajo, who has asked to be known as Mujaahid Abu Hamza in court, wore a black button-down shirt. Adebowale, who has asked to be known as Ismail Ibn Abdullah, wore a cream-colored sweater.

The two have denied killing Rigby and the other charges of attempting to murder a police officer and conspiracy to murder a police officer on or before May 22.

The trial was adjourned until Thursday.