Manchester bomber's brother to stand trial in Libya over suspected links to terror attack

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The younger brother of Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi will face trial in Libya over his suspected role in the terror attack.

Hashem Abedi was arrested in Tripoli over his suspected links to the deadly attack shortly after the bombing at Manchester Arena on May 22.

His brother killed 22 people when he set off an improvised explosive device in the foyer of the arena as concert-goers left an Ariana Grande concert.

According to the BBC, Libya’s chief investigator in the case Asadiq Al Sour has said Hashem Abedi is suspected of having helped his brother and collected materials for the attack.

Their father Ramadan, who was also detained in Libya, has been released, the broadcaster said.

Asadiq Al Sour told the BBC that Mr Abedi will be taken to court within two months, and that British police have already questioned him in Tripoli several times.

Authorities in Libya are also reported to have given British police a list of names of people in the UK who they say should be questioned.

Salman Abedi on the night he carried out the Manchester Arena terror attack (PA)

The broadcaster said the people are not necessarily suspects but could provide important information about the bomber and his brother.

Last month Detective Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson, head of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, said officers were “engaged” with the authorities in Libya.

At the time, he said: “We want to to speak to Hashem Abedi and I can now say we are currently engaging with the Crown Prosecution Service and the Libyan authorities.”

Mr Jackson said attempts to speak to Mr Abedi were part of an “ongoing” process but he refused to elaborate or say whether British police had travelled to Libya.

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