Saturday, 11 January 2014

# Afghanistan # Foreign News

Woolwich murderers denies murder... Says their attack was a response to Western wars


 The two had denied the murder, with Adebolajo saying it was in response to Western wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, were guilty of murdering soldier Lee Rigby on May 22 in Woolwich, southeast London.

The brother of Adebolajo has told Al Jazeera InvestigationsUnit that the Woolwich attack was “inevitable” and its justification is “obvious”.

Jeremiah Adebolajo, 26, said that after the initial shock of seeing his brother on television in May, he recognised the motivation behind the attack.

He said:
“Is it justified for a Muslim to attack a member of an army that is occupying Muslim lands? This is something for the scholars and I think it’s obvious to most people.

“The events to me were inevitable. There was eventually going to be another attack which mentioned foreign policy as its justification.” Continue...

Accepting that the public’s perception of Michael Adebolajo will render his brother a violent man, he argued that the same questions should be asked of Britain’s armed forces: “I would say, was Lee Rigby a violent individual? Are other British soldiers, who go to Afghanistan and Iraq and kill, violent individuals?” 

 But according to some mainstream imams, Adebolajo’s actions have breached a key Islamic principle that Muslims must adhere to whilst living in Britain, the Covenant of Security: a promise not to attack people in your host country.

Rochdale Imam Irfan Chishti told Al Jazeera the murder of Lee Rigby clearly breaks this rule.

“There isn’t any justification for him, personally, to take up arms. He might say that, ‘Well, this is a specific solider who’s killed a specific Muslim and I’m taking a vengeance’, adding, “he is a British citizen that has an oath to live peaceably in this land and to live in accordance with the rules and the law of this land.”

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