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A man accused of the gruesome murder of a
British soldier has told his trial that he loves
al Qaeda and considers the Islamic militants
to be his "brothers".
Michael Adebolajo, 28, sat surrounded by
security guards as he began giving evidence
in his trial at London's Old Bailey court
He and Michael Adebowale, 22, are accused
of murdering 25-year-old soldier Lee Rigby
in broad daylight as he walked back to his
London barracks in May.
e court has heard that the pair ran Rigby
over with a car before attacking him with
knives and Adebolajo attempted to behead
him with a meat cleaver.
e defendants, both Britons of Nigerian
descent, deny murder.
e soldier's family sat just metres from
Adebolajo in the courtroom as he said: "Al
Qaeda, I consider to be mujahideen. I love
them, they're my brothers."
He added that he has never met members
of the militant group.
Adebolajo said he had been raised as a
Christian but converted to Islam in his
rst year at Greenwich University in south
London, close to where Rigby was killed.
"My religion is everything," he told the
e jury heard that Adebolajo, who has
asked to be called Mujaahid Abu Hamza in
court, is married and has six children.
Growing up in Romford, east of London,
he said that the "vast majority" of his school
friends were white Britons. One of them had
joined the army and was killed in Iraq.
Adebolajo said he held former prime
minister Tony Blair, who sent British forces
to join the United States-led invasion of Iraq
in 2003, "responsible" for his friend's death.
Adebolajo tried to travel to Somalia in 2010
but was captured in Kenya and brought back
to Britain, the court heard.
He said that before the brutal attack on
Rigby, he had attended demonstrations
organised by an Islamist group banned under
British anti-terror laws, but then realised the
protests were "impotent rage".
"In reality, no demonstration will make a
di erence," he added.
He told the court several times that he was
a "soldier" and that he did not regret what
happened to Rigby.
"I will never regret obeying the command of
Allah. at is all I can say," he said.
e trial heard last week that Adebolajo
told police he and Adebowale had targetted
a soldier because they believed this was
"the most fair target" in an attack aimed at
avenging the deaths of Muslims abroad.
He said he tried to behead Rigby because
it was the most "humane" way to kill him,
comparing it to halal butchery methods.
Accused soldier killer
'loves al Qaeda'
Family members of British soldier Lee Rigby leave during a lunch break in the trial of his suspected murderers at the Old Bailey.
e cause of the Glasgow
helicopter tragedy that claimed
nine lives is still unclear
following an interim report by
e helicopter crashed onto
the at roof of the Clutha Vaults
hotel on the night of November
29 with a high rate of descent
and with low or negligible
for ward speed, an Air Accidents
Investigation Branch (AAIB)
bulletin revealed overnight.
But the report also quoted a
crash witness who heard a noise
"like a loud mis ring car" before
the helicopter plummeted.
e AAIB added that the
weather was good, so far there
was no evidence of engine or
gearbox failure and "all signi cant
components were present" at the
time of impact.
When it crashed, the helicopter
still had 95 litres of the 400kg of
fuel with which it had taken o .
e pilot of the helicopter,
David Traill, 51, and his two
passengers --- police o cers
Kirsty Nelis, 36, and Tony
Collins, 43 --- were killed in the
crash, as were six people in the
e bulletin traced the events
of the Friday night of the crash.
Having left Glasgow City
Heliport at 8.45pm, the pilot had
requested and received clearance
from air tra c controllers to re-
enter the Glasgow control zone
Radar contact with the
helicopter was lost at 10.22pm.
"Around this time, the
helicopter was seen and heard by
a witness who described hearing
a noise like a loud 'mis ring car',
followed by silence," the report
"He then saw the helicopter
descend rapidly. It crashed
through the roof of the Clutha
Bar, a single-storey building
on Stockwell Street in central
e report continued: "Pre-
liminary examination showed
that all main rotor blades were
attached at the time of the impact
but that neither the main rotor
nor the fenestron tail rotor (a
form of protected tail rotor) were
e report said initial
assessment provided no evidence
of major mechanical disruption
of either engine.
Pilots union British Airline
Pilots Association said: " e
information published by the
AAIB today is a helpful rst
assessment of the facts of the case
and suggests there is no evidence
of mechanical engine failure.
"But, unfortunately, at this
stage there is not much more to
go on and the reasons behind the
crash are, in truth, far from clear."
Cause of Glascow helicopter crash unclear
e removal of chemical
weapons from Syria may be
delayed slightly due to the
di culties of operating during a
civil war, the head of the global
chemicals weapon watchdog
OPCW said overnight.
But any hold-up should be
small and the mid-2014 deadline
to destroy these weapons
remains realistic, said Ahmet
Uzumcu, whose Organisation
for the Prohibition of Chemical
Weapons (OPCW) has been
charged with supervising the
destruction of Syria's chemical
e most dangerous chemical
weapons have to be removed by
December 31 while weapons
in a second category have to be
shipped out by February 5.
"In view of the circumstances
in this country, it will be quite
di cult to meet this timeline,"
Uzumcu, who is in Oslo to accept
the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize,
told a news conference. " ere
are very demanding timelines
that we want to ful l and I'm
con dent that the deadline of
end of June next year (to destroy
the weapons) will be met."
e Hague-based OPCW
was given the task of overseeing
destruction of Syria's chemical
weapons stocks following a
sarin gas attack on the outskirts
of Damascus in August which
killed hundreds of people. e
deal, in part brokered by Russia,
averted United States missile
Uzumcu said di culties
included security, particularly
on secondary and access roads
to various facilities, and the
strict veri cation process that
required extensive cooperation
with the administration of
Syrian President Bashar al-
Still, he said the rst part of
the removal could happen in
early or mid January while the
second part could be a "few days"
e weapons will be taken
out of Syria on a cargo vessel
but authorities still have not
yet picked the port where their
destruction can be carried out.
Removal of Syrian chemical
weapons may be delayed
e names of two men killed
when they fell more than 20m
down a mine shaft in western
Tasmania have been released.
Queenstown men Craig
Nigel Gleeson, 45, and Alistair
Michael Lucas, 25, fell while
doing maintenance work in a
shaft at the Mt Lyell copper
mine on Monday morning.
Tasmania Police said the
second body had been recovered
from underground and both
would be taken to Hobart
e men fell between 20 and
35m; one man was brought to
the surface but died on the way
e other man died at the
All operations at the mine
were suspended until tomorrow
morning, Copper Mines of
Tasmania general manager Scot
"Our deepest sympathies
are with the families of the
two workers, their immediate
workmates and also our other
site employees who will be
saddened by this tragic accident,"
Mr Clyde said in a statement.
e deaths are a blow to
Queenstown, a remote mining
community with a population
of about 2000 people best
known for its moonscape-like
scarring from previous copper
e town last year
commemorated the 100th
anniversary of the North Mount
Lyell mine disaster, one of
Australia's worst, which killed
"It still has resonance and this
will have resonance," inspector
Matthew Richman told AAP.
It was still unclear what had
caused the fall, Mr Richman
" e coroner, Workplace
investigators are underground
at the moment examining what
happened," he said.
Tasmanian Minerals Council
chief executive Terry Long
said the deaths were the rst
in the State's mines since Larry
Knight was killed in a rock fall
that trapped two other miners
in the Beacons eld goldmine on
Anzac Day 2006.
Tasmanian Premier Lara
Giddings o ered her condolences.
" is is terrible news and our
heartfelt sympathy goes to all
those a ected by this tragedy,"
Ms Giddings said in a statement.
"When people go to work
we expect them to come home
safely and our thoughts are
with their loved ones at this
Workers' Union state secretary
John Short said it was a
devastating day for the workers'
families and the community.
" is is a close-knit
community, and this is truly
devastating news," he said.
Copper Mines of Tasmania is
a subsidiary of Indian company
Vedanta. --- AAP
Mine plunge workers' names released
More than 1000 viewers have complained
about the excessive coverage of Nelson
Mandela's death on BBC ser vices, including
some who grumbled about Mrs Brown's
Boys being interrupted.
e BBC has defended the extent to
which it featured the death of the
former South African president, a major
news item which led bulletins around the
By Monday, the BBC had received 1350
complaints about too much coverage across
its news services, with some saying the
emphasis had reduced the coverage of severe
weather across the United Kingdom that
Programme chiefs broke into a repeat of
BBC1 sitcom Mrs Brown's Boys to break
"Nelson Mandela was a hugely signi cant
world leader with an enormous political and
cultural in uence across the world," a BBC
"His death is of considerable interest to
our audiences at home and across the globe."
A Queensland man accused of murdering
his wife says he got the idea to dissolve her
body in acid from a tv show, a court has heard.
Klaus Andres, 70, is on trial in the Supreme
Court in Cairns for the murder of Li Ping
Cao, 42, on October 30, 2011, at the couple's
Andres has pleaded guilty to interfering with
his wife's corpse --- dissolving her body in a
wheelie bin of acid --- but says her death was
His lawyer Tony Glynn told the court
yesterday he used acid after he remembered
a story about the method on either SBS's
Dateline or ABC's Foreign Correspondent.
Andres has also admitted pouring the
contents of the wheelie bin down a storm
drain outside the couple's house. Only Ms
Cao's prosthetic teeth were recovered by
Mr Glynn told the court that Andres will
claim he argued with his wife over money in
the kitchen at their house on the evening of
October 30, 2011.
"She was very angry and he was trying to
control his anger," Mr Glynn said.
"He says she then became very wild and
Ms Cao scratched Andres' face before
grabbing a fork and twice stabbing his hands,
Mr Glynn said.
Andres will say he pushed his wife with his
left hand, before he quickly turned around and
started washing his wounds. "He then heard
a knock or thump (as she fell to the oor),"
Andres told his wife to get up before asking
her if she needed help. She was unresponsive
and, when he checked, she had no pulse and
was not breathing. He went to dial 000 but
panicked because he thought he would be
blamed for her death.
"He thought there was nothing he could do
for her," Mr Glynn said.
Andres believed the state of their relationship
and the fact he was having an a air would not
paint him in a good light. "He was concerned
no one would believe him that it was an
accident," Mr Glynn said.
In a daze, he spent a sleepless night in the
house with his dead wife and the next day
he put her body in a wheelie bin. Inspired by
the television programme he had watched, he
bought 20 litres of hydrochloric acid from a
Cairns hardware store and poured the contents
on to his wife's body in the wheelie bin. Two
days later he bought another 40 litres of acid
and topped up the bin.
Last week the court heard the couple had
been unhappy for some time and Andres had
started an a air about two months before his
Prosecutors have argued Andres' actions
before and after his wife's death prove he
Andres, who moved to Australia from
Germany in 1982, married Ms Cao in 2006.
e trial continues. --- AAP
Tv show inspired man to dissolve wife in acid
Aron Ralston, whose
amputating his own forearm
after he became trapped in
a Utah canyon became a
best-selling book and later a
Hollywood lm, was jailed
in Denver on suspicion of
domestic violence, court
records released on Sunday
Ralston, 38, was arrested
Saturday night and was
being held in the Denver County jail
where he faces one count of assault
and one count of "wrongs to minors,"
according to jail records.
A spokeswoman with the Denver Police
Department told Reuters she could not
provide details of the incident.
It was not immediately clear if Ralston
had retained an attorney.
Ralston made headlines in 2003 when
he amputated his right
forearm with a pocketknife
to free himself after a
boulder dislodged and
trapped him inside a Utah
Ralston, an experienced
canyoneering alone in the
remote canyon when the
He wrote a best-seller
about his ordeal titled,
"Between a Rock and a
In 2010, the story was made into a
movie, "127 Hours," starring James
Franco. e lm was nominated for six
Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Ralston is scheduled to appear in court
today. In suspected domestic violence
cases, a defendant cannot bond out of
jail before appearing before a judge.
127 Hours adventurer arrested on
suspicion of domestic violence
American rapper MC
Hammer is facing a bill
of almost $966,270 from
United States authorities
over allegations he owes
taxes dating back to his
Hammer, best known
for his hit U Can't
Touch is, and his wife,
Stephanie, have been
targeted by o cials at the
Internal Revenue Ser vice
(IRS), amid claims they
failed to submit income
tax payments for the years
1996 and 1997.
IRS representatives have
led suit in a bid to regain
$966,270 and they want
to redirect all the star's
future earnings to the US
treasury in a bid to settle
the debt, according to
TMZ.com. --- WENN
Brits want Mrs Brown --- not Mandela
Rapper faces tax bill
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