Woolwich soldier killer appeals life sentence

Last updated 03:51 09/04/2014

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An al-Qaida-inspired extremist convicted of murdering a British soldier in a frenzied street attack has appealed against his sentence of life in prison without parole.

The Judicial Office said Tuesday (local time) that Michael Adebolajo had applied for permission to appeal. He has already launched a separate appeal against his conviction.

A judge will decide whether Adebolajo's legal challenges can proceed.

Adebolajo was sentenced in February alongside another man for the murder of Lee Rigby, who was hacked to death in a street near his London barracks in May.

Adebolajo admitted the killing but pleaded not guilty, arguing he was a "soldier of Allah" engaged in a war.

Passing sentence, judge Nigel Sweeney told Adebolajo he had "no real prospect of rehabilitation."

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