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LONDON---A prime suspect in the vicious
slaying of a British soldier sat handcuffed
in court yesterday, given permission not
to stand up before a judge because of
wounds sustained when he was shot by
Michael Adebowale, 22, confirmed his
name, address and date of birth as the inves-
tigation into the shocking killing entered its
He is one of two men suspected of attack-
ing Lee Rigby near a military barracks in
southeast London. The other suspect, 28-
year-old Michael Adebolajo, remains hos-
pitalised and has not been charged. He is
likely to be charged once he has recovered
enough to be released from hospital.
The attack on Rigby by two men wielding
knives and meat cleavers has aggravated
tensions in Britain, especially since Adebo-
lajo---carrying bloody weapons---invited
onlookers to film him after the killing as he
ranted about the British government s pres-
ence in Muslim lands. There has been a
surge in anti-Muslim protests and attacks
on mosques since the killing, and far-right
groups have mobilized.
London police yesterday barred a planned
march by the far-right British National Party
from the scene of the attack to a nearby
Islamic centre because of the threat of "seri-
ous disorder." Police said tomorrow s demon-
stration would be held in central London
The al Qaeda-linked magazine Inspire,
meanwhile, expressed support for the sol-
dier s slaying. In a recently released issue,
the magazine said it and other "lone-wolf"
attacks were a response to western "gov-
ernments invasion of Muslim lands, occu-
pations, aggression and oppression."
Security was extremely tight for Ade-
bowale s first court appearance. He is sched-
uled to be back in court Monday for another
hearing and remains in custody.
Adebowale was charged late Wednesday
night, two days after he was released from
hospital. He was also charged with threat-
ening people with a revolver, police said.
Autopsy results made public Wednesday
indicated that Rigby, 25, was first struck by
a car and then attacked. He died of multiple
stab wounds, the report said.
Both suspects were shot by police who
arrived on the scene minutes after the attack
on the soldier. Video showed two suspects
rushing a police car that arrived on the
scene, then being shot by police and given
first aid on the ground.
British authorities are facing questions
about their failure to stop Rigby s killing,
since the two suspects were on authorities
radar from previous counter-terrorism inves-
Kenyan police have said they believed
Adebolajo, a British citizen, had associated
with a radical Kenyan Muslim cleric who
tried to help him join an al Qaeda-linked
rebel group in neighboring Somalia.
Adebolajo was arrested with five other
young men in November 2010 near the
Kenya-Somalia border and eventually
returned to Britain, police in Kenya said.
A Kenyan lawyer said yesterday that
British diplomats had recommended that
Adebolajo be freed.
Wycliffe Makasembo, who represented
Adebolajo when he was arrested in Kenya
on November 21, 2010, said a letter from
the British High Commission in Nairobi
recommended that he be released since
there was no tangible evidence to link him
to a crime.
Makasembo said he saw the letter in court,
although a reporter could not find it in court
records this week. (AP)
ANKARA---Turkey s military yesterday returned
fire after shots were fired at an armoured personnel
carrier from across the border with Syria.
A military statement said a group of around three
to five people from across the border fired up to 15
shots toward the vehicle that was patrolling an area
near the Orontes river, on the frontier. Turkish state-
run TRT television said no one was wounded and
the military said the group escaped and "disappeared
from view" when it fired back.
Turkey has repeatedly struck back at the Syrian
military in response to shelling and mortar rounds
that landed on its territory since shells from Syria
struck a Turkish village in October, killing five people.
The incident prompted NATO to send anti-aircraft
batteries to the area to protect Turkey.
Yesterday s incident was the first time the military
has responded to shots fired from across the border
and comes at a time of increased fears that Turkey
and other neighbours of Syria are being drawn into
the country s civil war.
Turkey was once a close ally of Syria, but has now
turned into one of Syrian President Bashar Assad
regime s harshest critics. It is a key supporter of the
Syrian rebels, offering shelter for many senior and
lower-ranking defected Syrian soldiers.
Turkey has blamed Syria for a pair of car bombings
at the border town of Reyhanli on May 11, which killed
52 people. Syria has denied any involvement. (AP)
TORONTO---Another member of
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's staff has
left as a controversy swirls about a
video that purportedly shows the
mayor smoking crack cocaine.
Brian Johnston, the mayor's
policy adviser on council relations,
became the fourth staff member in
less than two weeks to leave
Johnston says he's leaving on his
own accord and the timing is right.
The mayor's press secretary and
deputy quit last week. Ford also
fired his chief of staff.
The crack-smoking video has not
been released publicly, and its
authenticity has not been verified.
Reports on gossip Web site
Gawker and in the Toronto Star said
it was taken by men who said they
had sold drugs to Ford.
Ford still hasn't said whether he
has ever used crack. (AP)
MEXICO CITY---Anguished relatives say 11 young
people were kidnapped in broad daylight from a
Mexico City bar, just 20 days after the grandson of
civil rights leader Malcolm X was beaten to death
at a nightclub in the capital.
The disappearances sparked a wave of outrage,
with family members blocking a major avenue to
demand that authorities investigate. The city pros-
ecutor s office said yesterday only five missing-person
reports had been filed. But the mother of one of the
missing youths says 11 people in all have vanished.
The mother, Josefina Garcia questioned how a
mass kidnapping could occur a half-block from the
city s main boulevard and a few blocks from police
Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X, died
May 9 after being beaten in a dispute over a bar $1,200
bill. Two waiters have been arrested in the case.
He was yesterday remembered at a Harlem memo-
rial service as a young man who had "redeemed him-
self" after a troubled past. His memorial was held
at the First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem,
with several hundred people attending.
The 28-year-old Shabazz had a troubled life. He
set a blaze in his grandmother s apartment that result-
ed in the death of Malcolm X s widow, Betty Shabazz.
He served stints in juvenile hall and prison.
In recent years, he had travelled around the world
speaking out against youth violence. (AP)
Toronto mayor loses another staff member
11 vanish from
Mexico City bar
Turkey, Syria troops
fire at each other
Tensions run high in London
British soldier's accused killer appears in court
A court artist sketch of Michael Adebowale, flanked by two police officers in the dock,
during his appearance at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London yesterday.
A police van believed to be transporting 22-year-old Michael Adebowale, a suspect in the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby, arrives at
Westminster Magistrates Court in central London, yesterday. AP PHOTOS
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