Lee Rigby murderer Michael Adebolajo bids for compensation

Date published: 11 September 2017

Michael Adebolajo, one of Lee Rigby's murderers, has started a bid for compensation.

He has begun a High Court action against the Ministry of Justice relating to a personal injury claim.

Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale killed Fusilier Rigby, 25, in Woolwich, south-east London, in May 2013.

Lawyers representing Adebolajo have lodged papers in the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court in London, where judges analyse damages claims relating to personal injury.

Paperwork shows a claim was filed on 20 July. Papers list Adebolajo as the claimant and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) as the defendant, but they give no detail of Adebolajo's allegations.

Adebolajo lost two front teeth in 2015 in what he claimed was an assault by five prison officers at London's high-security Belmarsh prison two years ago. The officers were cleared of blame.

A Ministry of Justice (MoJ) spokesman said the claim would be "robustly" defended, adding: "The public will be rightly outraged at the thought of this offender claiming compensation from the taxpayer."

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