One of the extremists jailed for life after murdering soldier Lee Rigby In Woolwich has taken High Court action against the Ministry of Justice.

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

Papers list Adebolajo as the claimant and the Ministry of Justice as the defendant, but they give no detail of Adebolajo’s allegations.

A member of staff at a High Court office said on Friday that papers which would outline detail of Adebolajo’s claim were not currently available for public inspection.

Fusilier Lee Rigby

Rigby, 25, died after being brutally attacked by Adebolajo, who is in his early 30s, and his friend Michael Adebowale near Woolwich Barracks in May 2013.

Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale
The faces of evil – Adebolajo and Adebowale

Jurors heard the gruesome details of how they mowed down Fusilier Rigby in a car before hacking him to death with knives and machetes.

Both were convicted of murder following a trial at the Old Bailey.

Adebolajo was given a whole-life jail term and Adebowale was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 45 years.

A report in the Sun newspaper has suggested that Adebolajo is claiming to have suffered a “psychiatric injury” while in custody and wants compensation.

An MoJ spokesman said the claim would be “robustly” defended.

He said: “The public will be rightly outraged at the thought of this offender claiming compensation from the taxpayer.”

“We will be robustly defending this matter.”

He said the MoJ was “successful” in “two thirds of cases brought against us by prisoners”.


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