Life Sentence Waiting for British Soldier Killers

Life Sentence Waiting for British Soldier Killers


26February 2014 | Source: FARS

Two men convicted of killing British soldier Lee Rigby are due to be sentenced and face spending the rest of their lives behind bars with no prospect of release, after judges backed the principle of whole-life sentences for murderers, a report said.

The defendants, Michael Adebelajo and Michael Adebowale, were found guilty on December 19, but their sentencing was delayed until Wednesday because the judge wanted to wait for clarification about Britain’s position on life sentences, Al-Jazeera reported.

The country’s Court of Appeal last week said domestic laws on whole-life prison sentences were compatible with European human rights laws, even though the European Union disagrees.

Adebelajo and Adebowale deliberately hit Rigby with a car, stabbed him multiple times and tried to cut his head off in broad daylight on the streets of London last May.

26 February 2014 | FARS

The Moroccan Times, 26 February 2014