It has emerged that Soldier Lee Rigby’s killers were given more than £200,000 in taxpayer-funded financial support to pay their legal bills.
Historically, Legal Aid is the provision of assistance to people otherwise unable to afford legal representation and access to the court system, and supports equality in the justice system. Legal Aid costs the taxpayer £2billion a year, and it is fundamentally wrong for UK taxpayers to fund the defence of a terrorist in legal matters, never mind for terrorists to be allowed “equality’ in the law. It is a disgrace that Lee Rigby’s murderers received such support, whilst only 29% of adults nationwide get access to these funds.
To add to the absurdity, it has recently emerged that one of the killers, Michael Adebolajo, has launched a compensation bid over a scuffle with prison guards that has the potential to cost taxpayers a further £100,000. The family of Lee has referred to it as ‘blood money’ and are understandably angry at the way the memory of their loved one has been considered. The rights and comfort of convicted terrorists in the UK is a higher priority than those of their victims, and that is evident in the way in which the judicial system and the Government has responded to this case.
The British Government has continually put the lives of terrorists and others who seek to do Britain harm before the lives of innocent citizens, and expect the British taxpayer to fund terrorists in courts and in prisons, and this shocking betrayal of British lives, our culture and our way of life is something that must not continue.