The family of Michael Mujahid Adebolajo have washed their hands off his actions in shame even as he lies recuperating in hospital. Michael and a friend of his also known as Michael, wrote their names into the history books of ignominy last week in what is arguably one of the most gory acts of religious extremism in recent times. Both born into Christian families, they somehow developed an affinity for Islamic extremism which culminated in the brutal hacking to death of a British soldier on the streets of London last week.
Their actions have raised the ire of other right wing extremists in Britain and fueled a degree of tension in the land not frequently witnessed. Mosques have been attacked and defaced and foreigners are now in fear of retaliatory attacks which the government has done its best to discourage so far.
Michael Adebowale’s relatives say they feel ‘profound shame and distress’ at Lee Rigby’s death and that ‘there is no place for violence in the name of religion or politics.’
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The family of one man accused of savagely butchering a British soldier apologized for the senseless murder.
As Michael Adebolajo, 28, recovers in a London hospital, his family released a statement expressing “profound shame and distress” and offered “heartfelt condolences” to dead soldier Lee Rigby‘s family.
This statement was released shortly after fellow suspect Michael Adebowale, 22, was discharged from the hospital and taken into custody at a south London police station on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer.
“We wish to state openly that we believe that there is no place for violence in the name of religion or politics,” the statement reads.
“We wholeheartedly condemn all those who engage in acts of terror and fully reject any suggestion by them that religion or politics can justify this kind of violence.”
Adebowale and Adebolajo had been at the hospital since police shot them down at the scene of the May 22 death.
Rigby, a 25-year-old military drummer, was hacked to death with knives and meat cleavers near the Woolwich Barracks in south east London. By mid-2014, Rigby’s name will be added to Britain’s Armed Forces Memorial in Staffordshire for members of the Armed Forced killed in terrorist attacks since World War II.
Detectives have since arrested 10 people in connection with the incident, including a 50-year-old man, according to Sky News.
The murder sparked activity among the English Defence League (EDL), a far-right protest group that wants the British government to take more severe actions against Islamist groups. Group members descended upon Downing Street chanting Rigby’s name Monday but Help for Heroes, an Armed Forces charity, said it will not accept any donations from the EDL.