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Conspiracy charge dropped against men charged with murdering British soldier

Drummer Lee Rigby, of the British Army's 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, is seen in an undated photo released May 23, 2013.

Drummer Lee Rigby, of the British Army's 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, is seen in an undated photo released May 23, 2013.  (Reuters/Ministry of Defence/Crown Copyright)

The two men on trial for the murder of a British soldier on a London street no longer face a charge of conspiracy to murder a police officer.

Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, still face charges of murder and attempted murder of a police officer.

Both have pleaded not guilty to murdering soldier Lee Rigby, who was run over by a car, then stabbed and nearly decapitated.

Adebolajo has admitted the killing but says it was not murder because he is a "soldier of Allah" engaged in a war.

Judge Nigel Sweeney told jurors Tuesday they Adebolajo's claim of being a "soldier of allah" is not a defense. He also said the conspiracy charge had been dropped.