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Hashem Abedi, brother of Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi extradited to the UK from Libya

Hashem Abedi

The brother of Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi has been extradited to the UK from Libya over his potential role in the 2017 terror attack.

Hashem Abedi was arrested at a London airport this afternoon, according to Greater Manchester Police.

I am pleased that the extradition of Hashem Abedi to the UK has been completed.

It has been a huge effort by the police, Foreign Office and Home Office to ensure that the law can take its course.

My thanks to the Libyan authorities for their support.

Today my thoughts are with the victims of the Manchester Arena attacks and I can assure them that we will not rest until justice is done.

– Ben Wallace, Security Minister

Abedi will be charged with the murder of the 22 victims, the attempted murder of survivors and conspiracy to cause an explosion likely to endanger life.

After being arrested for murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to cause an explosion likely to endanger life he will be transferred into police custody in London. He's expected to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court tomorrow.

The charges had previously been authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service, GMP added.

Abedi was originally arrested in Libya shortly after his brother blew himself up at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in May 2017, killing 22 people and injuring hundreds more.

He was made the subject of an extradition request by the British authorities in November of that year.

The Libyan government had previously said they expected him to be returned before the end of last year.

Salman Abedi, 22, from Manchester, whose family settled in the UK from Libya, detonated his device at the end of the pop concert.

Salman Abedi

Progress on holding the inquests has been held up as they cannot be heard before the conclusion of any criminal investigation and possible trial of any suspects.

Family members of the victims were told at a pre-inquest hearing that the full inquests would not likely begin until April 2020 at the earliest.

Information published by Rada two days after Abedi's arrest in Libya claimed Hashem was a member of Islamic State, and was the younger of the two brothers.

He was born in Manchester and was a university engineering student in the city, they said.

Rada said Abedi, now 22, fled Manchester in the days before the terror attack, but was in constant contact with Salman.

Spokesmen for the Home Office and Greater Manchester Police said they would not comment while the active criminal investigation regarding Abedi was ongoing

Since the Manchester Arena attack on 22 May 2017, our thoughts have been with the families of those who lost loved ones and the hundreds who are struggling with serious physical injuries and deep psychological effects.

They have always been central to our investigation and will continue to be so at all times.

I am now able to say that, following application by the Crown Prosecution Service for the extradition of Hashem Abedi from Libya, he has today been successfully extradited, for offences relating to the Manchester Arena attack.

– Ian Hopkins, Chief Constable, Greater Manchester Police

The attack on the Manchester Arena was an appalling act and many people suffer the consequences of it every day. It is therefore right and proper that those affected will be able to see a judicial process on British soil. We think of them all today and recommit to support them in every possible way on the difficult road that lies ahead.

We have been working towards this day and the fact it has finally arrived is down to the determination of Greater Manchester Police, the Government and key contacts in Libya. On behalf of the people of Greater Manchester, I would like to thank them all but particularly the Security Minister Ben Wallace for his consistent support, and the Chief Constable and his team for the exemplary way in which they have pursued this complex process.

Today is an important day in the recovery process for our city.

– Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester

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