Brother of Manchester Arena bomber found guilty of murder


The brother of the Manchester Arena bomber, Salman Abedi is facing life in jail after a jury found him guilty of 22 counts of murder and helping to plan one of Britain’s biggest terror attacks.

Hashem Abedi had plotted with his older brother Salman to detonate a homemade explosive packed with shrapnel in a crowded place, hoping to murder as many people as possible. The 22-year-old, who was 19 at the time of the bombing, spent months working alongside his brother collecting ingredients and building prototype bombs.

He had helped his brother plan the attack on the Manchester Arena in May 2017, killing children, teenagers and adults as they left an Ariana Grande concert.

Hashem Abedi was also found guilty of one count of attempted murder, encompassing the remaining injured, and conspiring to cause explosions although he was in Libya at the time of the suicide attack by his older brother, Salman.

Prosecutors said Hashem was “jointly responsible” with his brother for the attack on 22 May 2017.

The Manchester-born siblings “stood shoulder to shoulder” in the plot, with younger sibling Hashem “just as guilty of murder” as the bomber himself, the court heard.

Abedi was not in court to hear the unanimous verdict after sacking his entire legal team earlier in the week and deciding to take no further part in the trial. He also offered no defence to the charges.

Twenty-two men, women and children, aged eight to 51, were killed in the attack while 264 “were physically injured” and 670 more have since “reported psychological trauma as a result of these events”.

Sentencing will take place at a later date and a public inquiry into the bombing is due to begin in June.

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