Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Michael Adebowale officially charged with Woolwich murder

Michael Adebowale has been charged with the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, who was hacked to death in a street attack last week.

The Metropolitan Police said it had charged the 22-year-old following his release from hospital after authorisation from the Crown Prosecution Service late on Wednesday evening.

He had been questioned by officers during the day.

Adebowale is charged with the murder of the soldier, who died of multiple incised wounds, as well as possession of a 9.4mm KNIL Model 91 Revolver firearm.

He will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later.

Adebowale was injured when he and his alleged co-accomplice Michael Adebolajo, 28, were shot by officers at the scene of the attack in south east London.

"This man is now charged with serious criminal offences and he has the right to a fair trial," said Sue Hemming, head of the CPS Special Crime and Counter-Terrorism Division.

"It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice this trial."

Adebolajo remains in hospital in a stable condition.