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‘Michael Adebowale’ charged for murder of British soldier

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A man has been charged with the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south-east London, police has said.

Michael Adebowale, 22, of Greenwich, London, who will appear later at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, is also accused of possessing a firearm.

A second man, Michael Adebolajo, 28, remains under arrest at a London hospital and is in a stable condition, BBC reports.

A post-mortem examination found Drummer Rigby, 25, died of “multiple incised wounds” after the attack the May 22 attack.

Mr. Adebowale, who was discharged from hospital on Tuesday, and the other suspect were shot by police at the time they were arrested.

Sue Hemming, head of the Crown Prosecution Service (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 May 22.

“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.”

The CPS said it was continuing to advise police over other suspects arrested during the investigation into Drummer Rigby’s death.

Scotland Yard said the inquest into Drummer Rigby’s death would open at Southwark Coroner’s Court on Friday.

On Wednesday, Commander Simon Letchford of the Metropolitan Police made a fresh appeal for information and witnesses following the street attack near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich.



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