'Soldier of Allah' tells of war between Muslims and Britain

THE self-proclaimed extremist accused of the bloody murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby claimed to be a "soldier of Allah" in a long-running war between Muslims and Britain during a rambling and sometimes angry justification of his actions, a court has heard.

 In more than an hour of recorded police interviews, Michael Adebolajo railed against a "corrupt" political leadership and overseas British military action - but then asked for Allah's forgiveness if what had happened had been "displeasing" to him.

Mr Adebolajo told police that it gave him "little joy" to kill anyone. Yet he walked out of one of the interviews when he was asked directly who was responsible for killing Mr Rigby, who was mown down at high speed by a car in Woolwich, south-east London, before his body was mutilated by two attackers.

"I have no patience for men like this," he said referring to one of his police interviewers. "I'm finished with this guy."

During interviews twice interrupted when he walked out, Mr Adebolajo detailed that Mr Rigby "was struck in the neck with a sharp implement and it was sawed until his head, you know, became almost detached".

The 28-year-old, who covered his head with a blue shawl and occasionally touched a Koran before him on a table, said he found little enjoyment "to approach anybody and slay them". He added: "Can you believe me? I am not a man who gains enjoyment from watching horror movies."

A forensic psychiatrist, Tim McInerney, said that Mr Adebolajo was fit to be questioned, had shown no remorse and was keen to talk about what had happened, the Old Bailey heard.

During the interviews - recorded 10 days after the killing - Mr Adebolajo said he was only talking to officers to prevent such an event from happening again. He angrily pointed at his interviewers and demanded that their questions should be framed to "benefit Lee Rigby's family and ensure the safety of the British people".

The soldier's widow, Rebecca, walked out when the interviews played in court.

Mr Adebolajo claimed to have been "sickened" by the triviality of some of the questioning, the jury of eight women and four men were told. He compared a British soldier to a "common man, usually working class, who mistakenly thinks he is serving his country by going to a Muslim land and committing mass murder".

While praising nurses who treated him for his gunshot wounds, and acknowledging the benefit of free legal advice, Mr Adebolajo described the UK's leaders as ruling in a "wicked, corrupt, selfish and oppressive manner".
He berated the "eloquent" men who he said developed oratory skills in institutions such as Eton and Oxford

University before going on to "use it for evil".

Mr Adebolajo said he was "particularly disgusted by David Cameron, the Miliband brothers and what's-his-name, Nick Clegg" and berated the wickedness of former Prime Minister Tony Blair who he said "used the magic of the tongue to dodge very important questions".

He compared the House of Commons to a "boys' club" and said the practice of politicians gathering to pay tribute to soldiers who died in Afghanistan was "disgusting".

Mr Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, 22, both deny murdering Lee Rigby on 22 May. The case continues

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