Two guilty of hacking British soldier to death

posted at 8:41 am on December 19, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

It didn’t take long for a British jury to decide on guilt for Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, but then again, neither defendant denied murdering and nearly beheading Lee Rigby.  Both pleaded not guilty, but claimed that the horrendous murder — which took 13 minutes to complete — was an act of war, not a crime.  The jury felt differently:

Two British Muslim converts were convicted Thursday of hacking a soldier to death in broad daylight on a London street.

Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, struck Fusilier Lee Rigby with a car and then attacked his unconscious body with knives and a meat cleaver, trying to behead him. …

The two British citizens had denied murder, with Adebolajo saying the killing was part of a war for Allah in response to Western wars in nations such as Iraq and Afghanistan. The crime was witnessed by onlookers and captured on video.

They then dragged his corpse into the middle of the road where Adebolajo asked a bystander to video them, with their hands covered blood, as he calmly explained what he had done.

“We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you. The only reason we’ve killed this man today is because Muslims are dying daily by British soldiers,” Adebolajo told the camera.

Their attorneys did their best to provide the defense their clients wanted, but that resulted in absurdities such as these:

Lawyer David Gottlieb referred to his client Adebolajo by his adopted Islamic name, Mujahid Abu Hamza, describing him as intelligent, totally sincere in his beliefs and as someone who has shown “absolute honesty and moral conviction.”

Actually, it was the jury that provided an absolutely honest and moral conviction — of his client. Next up is Adebowale’s attorney, who demanded that jurors set aside their prejudice before deciding on the fate of a man who, er, butchered a man on the street for being British:

He echoed Adebolajo’s testimony regarding their intent. When he was asked earlier this month what his defense to the charge of murder was, Adebolajo said: “I am a soldier. I am a soldier of Allah.”

No, not really.  He’s a terrorist, a butcher, and a murderer, as the jury found.  Sentencing takes place next month, and I suspect that what Adebolajo and his buddy Adebowale will be for the rest of their lives will be long-forgotten prisoners.


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They’re looking at probation and a stern look from the judge… but not too stern.

Lawyer David Gottlieb referred to his client Adebolajo by his adopted Islamic name, Mujahid Abu Hamza, describing him as intelligent, totally sincere in his beliefs

These are true Muslims. The so-called “moderate” Muslims are just a commitment to actual Islam from hacking up defenseless people in the street.

mankai on December 19, 2013 at 8:46 AM

No doubt that thus will have zero impact on Britain’s suicidal immigration policy. And I’m sure the Lefties will be in full excuse making mode, if they aren’t already, and extolling the riches that 3rd world immigration bestows on the UK.

Charlemagne on December 19, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Yippy!
Another Islamic convert in the prison system, he’ll be the resident preacher.
Hang him!

Yitzchokm on December 19, 2013 at 8:50 AM

RIP Lee Rigby.

Murphy9 on December 19, 2013 at 8:51 AM

No, not really. He’s a terrorist, a butcher, and a murderer, as the jury found.

Yes, Ed, really. That is synonymous with Adebolajo’s self-description of being “a soldier of Allah”.

Shy Guy on December 19, 2013 at 8:52 AM

describing him as intelligent, totally sincere in his beliefs and as someone who has shown “absolute honesty and moral conviction.”

Every time one of these Islamic animals does something CAIR is right there to tell us that Islam is a religion of peace that does not advocate violence against non-believers.

Then we get situations like this where a man who butchered an innoncent human being for Allah is described as being sincere in his beliefs. with absolute honesty and moral conviction.

Both stances can not be accurate. And until one of these incidents involve a faith other than Islam, I’m going to call CAIR the liar.

Happy Nomad on December 19, 2013 at 8:53 AM

No doubt that thus will have zero impact on Britain’s suicidal immigration policy. And I’m sure the Lefties will be in full excuse making mode, if they aren’t already, and extolling the riches that 3rd world immigration bestows on the UK.

Charlemagne on December 19, 2013 at 8:47 AM

It’ll lead to increasing the number of unskilled, uneducated soldiers of Allah allowed into Britain… just to prove how tolerant they are.

mankai on December 19, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Good. Now are they going to have the guts to hang these effers?

Yeah, I think we all know the answer there… It would help stop this crap though, along with what others said about not letting these crazies in by the thousand.

Gingotts on December 19, 2013 at 8:59 AM

They’ll probably serve about 15 years in prison and be paroled.

Blake on December 19, 2013 at 8:59 AM

ISLAM
MOHAMMEDIANISM
MOSLEMS

‘After I struck the neck, I used another of the knives I had sharpened to try and remove the head’: ‘Killer’ of Lee Rigby describes moment soldier died as he takes to the witness stand just feet away from grieving family

Incompatible with civilized society.

Murphy9 on December 19, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Young black and brown people who are organizing to make the world a better place.

rogerb on December 19, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Gee, I wonder why that sort of thing doesn’t happen on the streets of Texas.

Kafir on December 19, 2013 at 9:03 AM

So is this like the Norway shooter and they get something like 20 years max?

gophergirl on December 19, 2013 at 9:04 AM

It’s nice to see that justice is swifter in the UK than the USA.

bw222 on December 19, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Nah, this is England Ed I’ll wager 10-15 years tops and out in 8. Sentences are shockingly low here.

ExPat on December 19, 2013 at 9:10 AM

At least our un-assimilated “immigrants” have the decency to kill people while under the influence of alcohol.

Bishop on December 19, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Gee, I wonder why that sort of thing doesn’t happen on the streets of Texas.

Kafir on December 19, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Every time a gay person is not allowed to marry the one he/she/confused loves and every time an undocumented hero is deported, it’s just like what those men did in Britain! Prolly worse!

/Lefties

mankai on December 19, 2013 at 9:13 AM

was an act of war

We better learn to take this seriously.

Panther on December 19, 2013 at 9:32 AM

I suspect that what Adebolajo and his buddy Adebowale will be for the rest of their lives will be long-forgotten prisoners.

You may be overestimating the sentence they will get.

J.S.K. on December 19, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Britain NEEDS the death penalty.

Gunlock Bill on December 19, 2013 at 9:44 AM

No, not really. He’s a terrorist, a butcher, and a murderer, as the jury found.

How many times do we have to hear Mohammedans tell us what they are doing before we start believing them? Islam is at war with the West, and we refuse to tell the truth about it. Instead, we allow them to immigrate.

DrMagnolias on December 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

It’s nice to see that justice is swifter in the UK than the USA.

bw222 on December 19, 2013 at 9:07 AM

To be fair, work place violence is much harder to prosecute.

antipc on December 19, 2013 at 9:51 AM

describing him as intelligent, totally sincere in his beliefs and as someone who has shown “absolute honesty and moral conviction.”

Every time one of these Islamic animals does something CAIR is right there to tell us that Islam is a religion of peace that does not advocate violence against non-believers.

Then we get situations like this where a man who butchered an innoncent human being for Allah is described as being sincere in his beliefs. with absolute honesty and moral conviction.

Both stances can not be accurate. And until one of these incidents involve a faith other than Islam, I’m going to call CAIR the liar.

Happy Nomad on December 19, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Yes, Islam is always right there with the stern, “sincere” appeals that no one else can believe their lying eyes, because…Islam.

Nothing you know is right. Because…Islam.

Nothing you believe is right because…Islam.

Nothing you saw or thought was right because you weren’t faithful to Islam.

Didn’t this murderer also plead “not guilty” “BECAUSE…ISLAM”?

He entered a not-guilty plea, claiming his actions were right per Islam, so…NOT GUILTY!

Unfortunately, he’s going to prison where he’ll spend the next decades lecturing eveyrone else on why they’re wrong and how to murder British. The creep should be hanged. Get it over with, hang the guy, he’s not going to change, he’s only going to continue to harm, maim, murder others. “Because…Islam!”

Lourdes on December 19, 2013 at 9:59 AM

I suspect that what Adebolajo and his buddy Adebowale will be for the rest of their lives will be long-forgotten prisoners.

You may be overestimating the sentence they will get.

J.S.K. on December 19, 2013 at 9:40 AM

The horrible reality is that, in Adebolajo’s homeland, his actions were ‘normal’.

Everyone needs to remember that.

Lourdes on December 19, 2013 at 10:01 AM

GB has a bigger problem with their immigrants than we do. Hope the people there do not feel safer now that these two will be put away.

Kissmygrits on December 19, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Every time one of these Islamic animals does something CAIR is right there to tell us that Islam is a religion of peace that does not advocate violence against non-believers.

Happy Nomad on December 19, 2013 at 8:53 AM

PRESTO!

Shy Guy on December 19, 2013 at 10:04 AM

GB has a bigger problem with their immigrants than we do.

Kissmygrits on December 19, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Only a matter of time.

Shy Guy on December 19, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Most murderers identify as Christians.
 
libfreeordie on December 19, 2013 at 10:09 AM

rogerb on December 19, 2013 at 10:14 AM

HANG THEM!

GarandFan on December 19, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Islam is a disgusting “religion” that is followed by animals and sub humans. All muslems should be viewed as murders.

Flange on December 19, 2013 at 10:22 AM

On one topic I agree with the jihadists: “Remove your government. They don’t care about you.”

That has to be right. If the government of Great Britain cared about the actual British people, those jihadists would never have been in the country in the first place.

David Blue on December 19, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Actually he is a soldier of Allah. According to Islam’s moral grid, these murderers did the right thing. To ignore the religious component of this, as erroneous as it is, is a mistake too many are making – and that includes PM Cameron’s absurd remarks the day this happened that this has nothing to do with Islam or religion. That kind of pervasive cultural denial does not serve us well. Islam itself was on trial here as much as these two individuals.

paul1149 on December 19, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Only a matter of time.

Shy Guy on December 19, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Mass immigration by an alien population plus forced assimilation is genocide. It’s the intentional creation of a situation where the people invaded will cease to exist as an identifiable ethnic, racial or national group.

Violence need not be involved for genocide to occur. What matters is that you are creating a situation where the target population ceases to exist as an identifiable group.

It definitely is just a matter of time.

David Blue on December 19, 2013 at 10:33 AM

How many times do we have to hear Mohammedans tell us what they are doing before we start believing them? Islam is at war with the West, and we refuse to tell the truth about it. Instead, we allow them to immigrate.

DrMagnolias on December 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Who’s “we”? I don’t identify with traitors.

Tony Blair’s mass immigration was done by stealth, un-democratically, under cover of lies, with a compliant press hiding the truth, and “anti-racists” in the press ready to call anyone who suspected what was going “racist” and paranoid.

Anti-whites have been pushing non-white mass immigration, which also means culturally alien immigration, in all white countries and only in white countries.

Anti-whites consistently do this by lies, with stealth, by “bipartisanship” that leaves those who object with nobody to vote for, and generally by shutting the public out.

White people don’t get a vote on this. It’s that simple.

Yet it is life and death for all our nations.

We don’t want it. We never want it. We are being forced, un-democratically, along a road that leads to us ceasing to exist as a race, as ethnic groups and as identifiable, traditional nations.

That’s genocide.

David Blue on December 19, 2013 at 10:46 AM

I personally think they should be handed over to Rigby’s unit to be used for bayonet practice.
But, I’m sure the Brits will find a way to NOT punish them appropriately for what they did.

dentarthurdent on December 19, 2013 at 10:51 AM

It’s nice to see that justice is swifter in the UK than the USA.

bw222 on December 19, 2013 at 9:07 AM

No – the trial was swift – real justice will never happen.

dentarthurdent on December 19, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Islam is a disgusting “religion” that is followed by animals and sub humans. All muslems should be viewed as murders.

Flange on December 19, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Learn to speak English and you might be taken seriously. Might . . .

lostmotherland on December 19, 2013 at 10:56 AM

If white Americans really wanted continuous non-white mass immigration from 1965 till forever, Teddy Kennedy would not have said that the ethnic balance of America would not be changed (which was a big lie), he would have said: “the Hart-Celler act means about a million immigrants a year, 90% non-white which means three quarters to 80% Democrat-voting, indefinitely. Whites will be overwhelmed and will become a minority – a minority that will continue to decline as mass immigration goes on.” That was the truth, and if there was genuine, informed consent, then saying that would have been the way to sell the bill.

It’s the same in England, the same in Australia and so on. The public would never consent to this, if it had the choice, and an anti-white political class pushes mass immigration though anyway.

And so London has become a city where white English people are a minority, and they are fleeing, as in California, where again, the people voted against mass immigration (and for Save Our State) and again the political class over-ruled democracy and jammed through mass immigration regardless.

“We” did not do this. We the people were never asked. This is being done to us by an undemocratic ruling class.

David Blue on December 19, 2013 at 10:59 AM

I’m sure the Brits will trade these two for a trade deal somewhere.

Another Drew on December 19, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Sentencing takes place next month, and I suspect that what Adebolajo and his buddy Adebowale will be for the rest of their lives will be long-forgotten prisoners.

It would be a crying shame if some of the fellow prisoners decided to send these two on a one-way ticket to hell, ala-”Breaking Bad”.

olesparkie on December 19, 2013 at 11:37 AM

No other religion generates violent jihadists, even suicide bombers. Yet both presidents since 9/11 have irresponsibly insisted that we must not fear this “religion of peace” and that has served to disarm us. Islam is an extremely dangerous ideology which can turn most any peaceful Muslim into a murderous “soldier of Allah” overnight: the calls for jihad violence that are in the Qur’an.

Face it, our Muslim population represents an obvious danger, Muslim immigration needs to end and a crackdown of multiple child baring wives of Muslims in the US should be done. We have a right to take reasonable steps to defend ourselves and our children.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muMu0ay9xJM

Chessplayer on December 19, 2013 at 12:03 PM

The two British CITIZENS had denied murder, with Adebolajo saying the killing was part of a war for Allah in response to Western wars in nations such as Iraq and Afghanistan. The crime was witnessed by onlookers and captured on video.

Laura Smith-Spark. Kellie Morgan and Marie-Louise Gumuchian, CNN

.
If they’re British citizens, then the “act of war” angle is out-the-window.

Hang ‘em.

listens2glenn on December 19, 2013 at 12:13 PM

It’s time to recognize that Islam is a despicable, made up political ideology masquerading as a religion.

Mason on December 19, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Islam is a disgusting “religion” that is followed by animals and sub humans. All muslems should be viewed as murders.

Flange on December 19, 2013 at 10:22 AM

.
Learn to speak English and you might be taken seriously. Might . . .

lostmotherland on December 19, 2013 at 10:56 AM

.
As long as you defend ‘socialized government’, you’ll never be taken seriously, either.

Mispellings are “trite.”

Socialized government is dangerous.

listens2glenn on December 19, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Chessplayer on December 19, 2013 at 12:03 PM

This is the main reason why I now think the Global War on Terror is a scam: Islamic mass immigration. That’s like a Cold War in which we had mass immigration by Communists. It makes no sense if the war is genuine.

They say “we have to fight them over there so we don’t have to fight them here” but our rulers are bringing them here.

And again, if you had asked the voters in every country where there is mass immigration, which basically means all white countries (now or in prospect, “do you want mass immigration?” the answer would have been “No!”, and if after 9/11 you had asked “do you want continuing Islamic mass immigration?” the answer would have been something like: “Are you insane? Of course not! And send the ones here home!”

So the ruling class never asked, knowing that in all our countries they would never get a yes.

It’s all undemocratic. The real agenda of our ruling class is non-white mass immigration and forced assimilation no matter how big the problems are that go with that.

Even though Islam has turned out to be a massive, violent problem, our rulers don’t care, they just keep pushing ahead regardless.

David Blue on December 19, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Socialized government is dangerous.

listens2glenn on December 19, 2013 at 12:18 PM

On which scale? On the Jim Jones Peoples Temple scale, the Zimbabwean tyranny scale, the Pol Pot Killing Fields scale, the North Korean starvation scale, the Soviet Holodomor scale, or the Chinese Great Leap Forward scale? And is it that it’s dangerous in the East or in the West, in the Northern hemisphere or in the Southern hemisphere, in Siberian ice-fields or sweltering tropics, and among whites, blacks, Asians or others? Where does this alleged dangerousness become an issue, supposedly?

David Blue on December 19, 2013 at 12:34 PM

No, not really. He’s a terrorist, a butcher, and a murderer, as the jury found.

facepalm

WhatSlushfund on December 19, 2013 at 12:36 PM

On which scale? On the Jim Jones Peoples Temple scale, the Zimbabwean tyranny scale, the Pol Pot Killing Fields scale, the North Korean starvation scale, the Soviet Holodomor scale, or the Chinese Great Leap Forward scale? And is it that it’s dangerous in the East or in the West, in the Northern hemisphere or in the Southern hemisphere, in Siberian ice-fields or sweltering tropics, and among whites, blacks, Asians or others? Where does this alleged dangerousness become an issue, supposedly?

David Blue on December 19, 2013 at 12:34 PM

All of them.
Yes.
Everywhere.

dentarthurdent on December 19, 2013 at 12:43 PM

…The two British citizens subjects had denied murder…

Knott Buyinit on December 19, 2013 at 12:58 PM

No, not really. He’s a terrorist, a butcher, and a murderer, as the jury found. Sentencing takes place next month, and I suspect that what Adebolajo and his buddy Adebowale will be for the rest of their lives will be long-forgotten prisoners.

Too bad Britain doesn’t have the old ways. I’d have them hacked to death, slowly.

Schadenfreude on December 19, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Too bad Britain doesn’t have the old ways. I’d have them hacked to death, slowly.

Schadenfreude on December 19, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Haven’t had a good “drawn and quartered” in awhile…..
This would be a good time to bring that one back.

dentarthurdent on December 19, 2013 at 1:28 PM

If the UK had any moral strength left, They would behead both of them. Publically.

Quartermaster on December 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM

freaking monsters..and their attorney is just as monstrous as them with those idiotic comments he made..ok maybe not..but what a moron and also a dhimmi..actually the UK is full of dhimmi’s..including that prosecutor who had to remind everyone that Islam is not on trial here..

this is what happens to a country that allows sharia courts in it

sadsushi on December 19, 2013 at 1:52 PM

No, not really. He’s a terrorist, a butcher, and a murderer, as the jury found.

Yes, Ed, really. That is synonymous with Adebolajo’s self-description of being “a soldier of Allah”.

Shy Guy on December 19, 2013 at 8:52 AM

They told you explicitly that they were Soldiers of Allah and that their actions were an act of war. Why don’t you believe them? Too harsh for you, Ed?

cptacek on December 19, 2013 at 1:58 PM

The sad thing they overlook in all this: Were their citizens not peasants and able to defend themselves, the young man might’ve been saved and alive today.

Sponge on December 19, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Nah, this is England Ed I’ll wager 10-15 years tops and out in 8. Sentences are shockingly low here.

ExPat on December 19, 2013 at 9:10 AM

And meanwhile, they can radicalize umpteen numbers of weakheaded “converts” among the inmate population. This doesn’t end well.

bofh on December 19, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Feed one of them to half-starved, wild boars and record the screams. Play the soundtrack to the other every minute of every day of his prison sentence until he dies of old age, insanity, or bashing his own head against the concrete floor.

Oh, and put one of the boars in the adjacent cell…

thejackal on December 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM

thejackal on December 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Decent idea, but I want to see both of them die a painful gruesome death – eye for an eye as it were…..

dentarthurdent on December 19, 2013 at 3:15 PM

They told you explicitly that they were Soldiers of Allah and that their actions were an act of war. Why don’t you believe them? Too harsh for you, Ed?

cptacek on December 19, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Truth.

David Blue on December 19, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Have the Army execute them.

Since this was an act of terrorism by self-styled ‘warriors’ who thus became war criminals.

The military must still have the de facto ‘death penalty’ for illegal enemy combatants since they are allowed to kill them in combat.

profitsbeard on December 20, 2013 at 3:20 AM