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Lee Rigby murderers face sentencing after "life means life" Court of Appeal ruling

By MattCannon  |  Posted: February 18, 2014

Fusilier Rigby was killed in Woolwich, south-east London, in May last year.

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The killers of soldier Lee Rigby can finally be sentenced after judges decided "life means life" for prisoners in England and Wales.

Michael Adebolajo, 29, of Romford and Michael Adebowale, 22, of Greenwich, were found guilty of murdering Fusilier Rigby following their trial in December.

The judge postponed sentencing of the pair until the Court of Appeal had ruled whether lifelong prison terms breached prisoners' human rights.

Last year the European Courts of Human Rights had ruled that whole-life terms should be reviewed after 25 years.

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But this afternoon's ruling by the Court of Appeal upheld judges' rights to jail the most serious offenders in England and Wales for the rest of their lives.

The guilty two are expected to be sentenced next Wednesday.

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