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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Jailed Nigerian murderer sues UK govt



  • demands £25,000 for losing teeth

A Briton of Nigerian descent, Michael Adebolajo, who along with Michael Adebowale, hacked 25-year-old Fusilier Rigby to death, has launched a £25,000 claim against the Ministry of Justice.
Adebolajo complained he lost two teeth when he was restrained by prison officers in HMP Belmarsh in July 2013.

During the first day of the hearing yesterday, Mr Justice Langstaff said Adebolajo ‘forms relationships easily’ and has ‘a large group of people’ looking after him in prison.

Lawyers representing the Ministry of Justice said Abedolajo’s influence inside the jail is so significant that prison officers giving evidence at any trial could be in danger if their names emerged.
The case is being heard in front of jurors at the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court in London, where judges analyse damages claims relating to personal injury, according to MailOnline.
“He forms relationships easily. He is charismatic. There is intelligence suggesting that he has had some influence on the conversion to Islam of some individuals.

“There is a large group of people who look up to Adebolajo,” ‘ the judge said.

Rigby died after being attacked near Woolwich Barracks in south-east London in May 2013.
Langstaff said the incident at the centre of Adebolajo’s claim had occurred while he was awaiting trial for the killing.

Five prison officers had been escorting Adebolajo, and physical force had been used to restrain him, holding him by the head and an arm.

The judge said the use of physical force by prison officers had to be justified.
The Ministry of Justice lawyers told the judge that prison officers were ‘deeply unhappy’ about being involved in legal proceedings.

Langstaff said Adebolajo had not been given legal aid to pay for lawyers to represent him.
He said Adebolajo might have to represent himself at any trial and suggested that it would be in the interests of justice if public funding could be given.

“If and when this case comes to trial it will be a great pity to justice, and in particular the presentation of the claimant’s case, if some means were not found to ensure he had professional help.
“If that could be done by public funds all the better,” the judge added.

Adebolajo, who is in his early 30s, and Adebowale, who is in his mid-20s, were convicted of murder following a trial at the Old Bailey.

The former was given a whole-life jail term, while the latter was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 45 years.

Adebolajo had screamed ‘Allahu akbar’ as he and Adebowale were sentenced by a judge at the Old Bailey in February 2014 after being convicted of Rigby’s murder.

The two British-born extremists, who were dressed in Islamic robes, erupted with rage as Mr Justice Sweeney told them that they had been radicalised and betrayed their religion.

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