UK soldier Lee Rigby’s killers to be sentenced(CNN NEWS)

Posted: February 26, 2014 in News

Two men convicted of murdering British soldier Lee Rigby in broad daylight in London last year are due to be sentenced Wednesday.

Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, in a brutal attack recorded on closed-circuit TV and by bystanders, hit Rigby with a car and hacked him to death with a meat cleaver and knives near barracks in Woolwich, southeast London, on May 22.

The Islamic converts, through testimony or their lawyers’ arguments in court, indicated they killed Rigby for Allah. Cellphone footage replayed at the trial showed Adebolajo, still clutching a cleaver in his bloody hands, ranting that the killing was “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” for British soldiers killing Muslims overseas.

Both men were convicted of murder in December at London’s Old Bailey criminal court.

Rigby, who had served in Afghanistan and was off duty when he was killed at the age of 25, left behind a wife and a young son.

Family members attended court Wednesday to hear the sentences handed down.

The prosecution has asked for the maximum possible sentence: life imprisonment without parole.

But defense lawyers argued Wednesday for leniency. Barrister David Gottlieb told the court that the victim was chosen because he was a member of the armed forces and that no one else was hurt in the attack.

Outside the court, demonstrators from the English Defence League, a far-right group, carried signs calling for capital punishment to be restored. Britain abolished the death penalty in the 1960s.

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