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‘I hold Tony Blair responsible for death of former Romford school friend in Iraq’ Adebolajo tells jury

Adebolajo gives evidence in court. Picture: PA Adebolajo gives evidence in court. Picture: PA

Thursday, December 12, 2013
8:17 AM

One of the men accused of murdering Fusilier Lee Rigby told the Old Bailey that he held Tony Blair responsible for the death of a former Romford school friend who died in Iraq.

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Lee Rigby died in Woolwich on May 22. Picture: MoD/PALee Rigby died in Woolwich on May 22. Picture: MoD/PA

Michael Adebolajo said that growing up in Romford, the “vast majority” of his friends were white British, including Lance Corporal Kirk Redpath who was killed when the Land Rover he was travelling in drove over an IED in 2007.

They had gone to Marshalls Park School, in Pettits Lane, together.

Adebolajo said: “I hold Tony Blair responsible for his death.”

He and Michael Adebowale, 22, are accused of murdering Fusilier Rigby by running him down with a car and then hacking him to death with a meat cleaver and knives near Woolwich Barracks in south east London on May 22.

Kirk and Adebolajo were friends at Marshalls Park SchoolKirk and Adebolajo were friends at Marshalls Park School

Adebolajo said he converted to Islam in his first year at Greenwich University but had been raised as a Christian by his parents in Eastern Avenue.

“My religion is everything,” he said. “When I came to Islam I realised that real success is not just what you can acquire, but really is if you make it to paradise, because then you can relax.”

When asked what his defence to the charge of murder is, Adebolajo insisted that he is a soldier.

“I will never regret obeying the command of Allah,” the 28-year-old said. “That is all I can say. I’m a mujahid, I’m a soldier. I’m doing what Allah commands me to do. I can’t do anything else.

“Growing up I never did think of killing a man. This is not the type of thing that the average child thinks of and I was no different.

“When a soldier joins the Army he perhaps has in his head an understanding that he will kill a man at some stage. When I became a mujahid I was aware that perhaps I might end up killing a soldier.”

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