London stabbing defendant: 'I'm a soldier'

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

Police and forensic officers near the scene of an attack which has left one man confirmed dead and two people wounded near Woolwich barracks in London Wednesday, May, 22, 2013. Scotland Yard said officers responded to reports of an assault Wednesday afternoon in the London neighbourhood of Woolwich. London Ambulance service said one man was found dead at the scene and two other men were taken to the hospital, with one in serious condition.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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.


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