LONDON – Police have begun questioning one of the prime suspects in the brutal murder of a British soldier in London, six days after the Islamist attack, following his release from hospital.
Michael Adebowale, 22, was formally taken into police custody Tuesday as the family of his co-accused, Michael Adebolajo, issued a statement expressing their “profound shame and distress” over the murder.
Soldier Lee Rigby was hacked to death in broad daylight on May 22 near a barracks in Woolwich by two men who later spouted Islamic extremist rhetoric at passers-by.
Both Adebowale and Adebolajo, 28, were injured in police gunfire at the scene and were held at separate London hospitals under armed guard until they were well enough to be questioned.
Following his discharge Tuesday afternoon, Adebowale was taken into custody at a south London police station, Scotland Yard said. Detectives have 24 hours to question him before they have to apply for an extension. After a total of 96 hours, they must decide whether to charge him or release him.