Dec 17 2013
The alleged killers of soldier Lee Rigby no longer face a charge of conspiracy to murder a police officer, a jury has been told.
Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, still face counts of murder and attempted murder of a police officer, which they both deny.
Both men are accused of running Fusilier Rigby down in a car and then hacking him to death with a meat cleaver and knives near Woolwich Barracks in south east London on May 22.
Mr Justice Sweeney told jurors at the Old Bailey that they were discharged from any further consideration of a count of conspiracy to murder a police officer.
Mr Justice Sweeney told the jury that nothing said by Adebolajo in his evidence amounts in law to a defence to the charge of murder.
He said: "I have ruled that nothing said by the first defendant and... his evidence - in short he was a soldier of Allah and was justified in doing what he did - amounts in law to a defence to this count.
"So nothing that he has said amounts in law to a defence to count one."
He added: "Both defence counsel must and will respect that ruling in their speeches."