CPS reacts to whole life sentence of Michael Adebolajo

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LEE RIGBY’S killing was “one of the most appalling terrorist murders”, a senior figure in the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

The soldier’s murderers – Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22 – were sentenced today (Feb 26) at the Old Bailey with judge Mr Justice Sweeney handing out a whole life sentence to Adebolajo and a minimum of 45 years to Adebowale.

The whole life term means Adebolajo will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

The CPS’s head of special crime and counter terrorism Sue Hemming said: “Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale revelled in one of the most appalling terrorist murders I have seen whilst head of counter terrorism at the CPS.

“Not only was the attack brutal and calculated, it was also designed to advance extremist views. As a solider, Fusilier Lee Rigby was targeted in a clear act of revenge, deliberately carried out in full view of members of the public for maximum impact.”

She added: “Under the law, terrorism is committed by a defined act designed to influence a Government, the public or an NGO for the purpose of advancing a religious, political, ideological or racial cause.

“This attack was always going to fail in that purpose as it served only to bring people together in shock, sympathy and solidarity.”

The Met’s assistant commissioner Cressida Dick said: “Today’s sentence reflects the true horror of their actions in taking this young man’s life in such a barbaric way.

“Our thoughts remain with Lee’s loved ones, who have shown dignity and strength throughout the judicial process.”

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