LONDON (TheBlaze/AP) — The extremist convicted of fatally hacking British soldier Lee Rigby two years ago is suing prison officials over having his two front teeth knocked out.
Michael Adebolajo seeks compensation for losing the teeth during a confrontation with prison personnel after his arrest but before his trial.
He claims he was assaulted by five prison officers two years ago.
The government indicated Thursday it will challenge the compensation claim. A Ministry of Justice statement said a police investigation into the incident ended without charges being brought against the officers involved.
Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale were convicted of murdering 22-year-old Rigby on May 22, 2013 by running him over with a car and hacking him to death in a brazen daylight attack.
Asked during his trial if he regretted killing Rigby, Adebolajo said: “I will never regret obeying the command of Allah. That is all I can say. I’m a mujahid, I’m a soldier, I’m doing what Allah commands me to do. I can’t do anything else.”
2-year-old Jack Rigby is comforted by his mother Rebecca as the coffin of his father Fusilier Lee Rigby leaves Bury Parish Church after a military funeral on July 12, 2013, in Bury, Greater Manchester, England. (Image source: Getty Images)
The attackers were inspired by Al Qaeda.