Brother of Manchester Arena attacker 'extradited from Libya to the UK'

Clay Curtis
July 18, 2019

Tonight he is in custody in a London police station and will appear in court tomorrow.

Abedi sat in the dock at Westminster Magistrates' Court as prosecutor Kathryn Selby said he was charged with 22 counts of murder, one count of attempted murder relating to the more than 260 people who were injured, and one count of conspiring to cause explosions.

Officers escorted Hashem Abedi on a plane from Libya on Wednesday.

"He was handed over by Libyan authorities to British police officers this morning", said Ian Hopkins, chief constable of the Greater Manchester Police.

The 22-year-old is the younger brother of Salman Abedi, who blew himself up amid concertgoers at Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017.

Libya's internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), which is based in Tripoli, said in April that Hashem Abedi's case was being determined by the North African country's courts.

His brother, Salman Abedi, died in the attack at the conclusion of an Ariana Grande concert on May 22nd, 2017.

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Both Hashem, who was then 18, and the boys' father, Ramadan Abedi, were detained by Libyan forces shortly after the attack.

Inquests into the killings have been on hold while criminal proceedings against Hashem Abedi remained in limbo.

Welcoming news of the extradition, Theresa May said: "This is clearly an important moment in the investigation".

A man accused of helping his suicide bomber brother plan a deadly 2017 arena attack in the northern city of Manchester appeared in a London court on Thursday.

"I confirm to you that Hashem is now in the air on his way to the United Kingdom. he is extradited in accordance with a court verdict", said a spokesperson for Rada, who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the case.

The Abedi family fled Libya during the rule of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

The Tripoli government is now seeking Western support as it battles forces loyal to Khalifa Hifter, a veteran Libyan general who launched an offensive against the capital in April.

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