Family satisfied with verdict in soldier's death

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Associated Press

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 19 at 1:04 PM

LONDON (AP) — Family members of a murdered British soldier say they are "satisfied that justice has been done" -- but that "no amount of justice" will bring him back.

Their statement came after a jury today quickly convicted two British-born extremists who were inspired by al-Qaida in the murder of Lee Rigby. He was run down with a car and stabbed to death on a London street in May.

The attack inflamed fears of Islamic extremist terrorism in Britain. It was followed by a spate of attacks on mosques and Islamic centers, and protests by far-right groups.

Neither defendant reacted as the jury foreman announced the verdict -- but one of them smiled and kissed a copy of the Quran as he was led back to his cell.

The sentence will come after an appeals court rules on the use of life sentences without parole.

Prime Minister David Cameron is welcoming the guilty verdicts. He says the crime shows the need to "redouble our efforts" to confront what he calls "the poisonous narrative of extremism and violence."

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173-a-13-(Detective Inspector Pete Sparks, Rigby family liaison officer, outside the Central Criminal Court)-"bring Lee back"-Policeman Pete Sparks, reading from the Rigby family statement, says the family is relieved -- and still grieving deeply. COURTESY: Sky News ((mandatory on-air cred (19 Dec 2013)

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172-a-12-(British Prime Minister David Cameron, with reporters)-"in our country"-Prime Minister David Cameron says this gruesome case highlights the dangers posed by radical extremism. (19 Dec 2013)

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APPHOTO LON116: FILE - This undated file image released on Thursday May 23, 2013 by the British Ministry of Defence, shows Lee Rigby, who was attacked and killed by two men in the Woolwich area of London. A jury on Thursday Dec. 19, 2013 convicted two British men who considered themselves "soldiers of Allah" of murdering a serviceman who was run down with a car and stabbed to death in a frenzied attack on a London street. They were acquitted of attempting to murder a police officer. (AP Photo/MOD, File) (23 May 2013)

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APPHOTO LON107: This undated image released by the Metropolitan Police issued on Thursday Dec. 19, 2013 shows Michael Adebolajo, who was found guilty of murdering Fusilier Lee Rigby. A jury on Thursday convicted two British men who considered themselves "soldiers of Allah" of murdering a serviceman who was run down with a car and stabbed to death in a frenzied attack on a London street. They were acquitted of attempting to murder a police officer. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Police) (19 Dec 2013)

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APPHOTO LON108: This undated image released by the Metropolitan Police issued on Thursday Dec. 19, 2013 shows Michael Adebowale, who was found guilty of murdering Fusilier Lee Rigby. A jury on Thursday convicted two British men who considered themselves "soldiers of Allah" of murdering a serviceman who was run down with a car and stabbed to death in a frenzied attack on a London street. They were acquitted of attempting to murder a police officer. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Police) (19 Dec 2013)

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