London murder suspect appears in court,blows kisses to supporter

One of two men charged with murdering a British soldier on a busy London street appeared in court for the first time

Written by Reuters | London | Published: June 4, 2013 2:08:42 am

One of two men charged with murdering a British soldier on a busy London street appeared in court for the first time on Monday,blowing kisses to a supporter in the public gallery and clutching what appeared to be a Koran.

Michael Adebolajo,28,was remanded in custody until a hearing within the next 48 hours to decide whether he can be released on bail.

Adebolajo,who was shot by police along with another man at the scene of the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby,appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court with his left arm wrapped in bandages.

Flanked by three guards behind glass panels in the dock,Adebolajo asked to be identified by a different name,Mujahid Abu Hamza.

Adebolajo repeatedly interrupted proceedings,asking why he had to stand up and questioning the charges after they were read to him.

He did not enter a plea and the magistrate said a further hearing will take place at the Central Criminal Court,known as the Old Bailey,on June 28.

Adebolajo,wearing a white T-shirt and white trousers,gave a thumbs-up sign to his defence lawyer and blew kisses to a man in the public gallery,appearing to mouth the words “I love you”.

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