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Michael Adebowale charged with murdering Drummer Lee Rigby


The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised the Metropolitan Police Service to charge Michael Adebowale with the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby on 22 May in Woolwich, London.

Sue Hemming, Head of the CPS Special Crime and Counter-Terrorism Division, said: "Crown Prosecutors have been working with the investigators of Counter Terrorism Command since the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby on 22 May 2013.

"Following the release of Michael Adebowale from hospital, we have authorised the police to charge him with the murder of Drummer Rigby. We have also authorised police to charge him with possession of a firearm, contrary to section 16A of the Firearms Act 1968. There is sufficient evidence to prosecute Michael Adebowale and it is in the public interest to do so. He will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court tomorrow, Thursday 30 May 2013.

"This man is now charged with serious criminal offences and he has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice this trial."

The CPS is continuing to advise police in relation to the other suspects arrested during their investigation into Drummer Rigby's death.


The charges are that Michael Adebowale:

1. On the 22 May 2013 within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court murdered Drummer Lee Rigby.

Contrary to Common Law.

2. On the 22 May 2013 within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court had in his possession a firearm, namely a 9.4mm Dutch calibre KNIL Model 91 revolver, with intent by means thereof to cause persons to believe that unlawful violence would be used against him or her or another person.

Contrary to section 16A of the Firearms Act 1968.


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