London stabbing defendant: 'I'm a soldier'

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Posted: Jun 05, 2013 12:50 PM
London stabbing defendant: 'I'm a soldier'

LONDON (AP) — One of the men accused of killing a British serviceman in broad daylight has called himself a soldier during a rambling court appearance.

Michael Adebolajo appeared by video link from prison Wednesday at London's Central Criminal Court. The 28-year-old was addressed as "Mr. Hamza," in line with his wish to be known as Mujahid Abu Hamza.

He interrupted the proceedings several times, complaining that prison staff had wanted to see his genitals.

He said: "I'm a man, I'm a soldier, I'm a British citizen. And you can't see my privates."

Adebolajo and 22-year-old Michael Adebowale have been charged with killing Lee Rigby, a British soldier hacked to death May 22 on a London street.