One of soldier Lee Rigby's alleged murderers, who chose not to offer evidence, shares his co-defendant's belief that he is a soldier of Allah, a jury has been told.
Michael Adebowale, 22, agrees with his co-defendant's reasons for killing Fusilier Rigby, his defending counsel, Abbas Lakha QC, told the Old Bailey.
Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo, 29, are accused of running the soldier down with a car and then hacking him to death with a meat cleaver and knives near Woolwich Barracks in south east London on May 22.
Both men are also accused of attempting to murder a police officer in the aftermath of the alleged killing of Fusilier Rigby.
Mr Justice Sweeney told the jurors he expects them to retire to consider their verdicts tomorrow morning.
In his closing speech, Mr Lakha said his client did not plan to kill a police officer but wanted to achieve "martyrdom".
Mr Lakha said both men killed the soldier "as soldiers of Islam - this was a military operation they planned together and their target in that operaton was a British soldier, and only a British soldier, no-one else".
Referring to both men with their adopted Islamic names, Adebolajo as Mujahid Abu Hamza and Adebowale as Ismail Ibn Abdullah, Mr Lakha went on: "On behalf of the second defendant (Adebowale), I did not challenge Mr Abu Hamza's evidence.
"What that means is Ismail agrees with what Mr Abu Hamza said about the reasons for the killing of Lee Rigby and they were acting together in that way and for those reasons. That is his case."
Both men deny charges of murder and attempted murder of a police officer.
Mr Lakha added: "The fact he has not given evidence doesn't mean he says nothing in this trial.
"He uttered the two most important words any man in any court in this land can utter - he said the words 'not guilty'."
Turning to the charge of attempted murder of a police officer, Mr Lakha said: "We submit that you will conclude that there is no evidence that there was ever any plan to kill a police officer."
The barrister said it was his client's intention for the officers who arrived at the scene to "fear for their lives".
Mr Lakha said the only reason the men brought a gun - a 90-year-old weapon that had not been oiled, was not in working condition and was not loaded - was to ensure that armed police arrived.
Mr Lakha said both men wanted the armed officers to kill them.
He said: "That is what both defendants intended - that they would be shot and therefore would achieve martyrdom."
He later added: "His actions from beginning to end speak for themselves - it was martyrdom he was after."