Salman Abedi’s brother has been found guilty of murdering 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
At the Justice Hall in London today, prosecutors said Hashem Abedi was “just as guilty” as his brother – who killed himself when he detonated a bomb at the Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017.
Hashem initially denied having any involvement in the horrific attack, and argued that he wasn’t in the UK at the time.
However, his DNA and fingerprints were found in the properties in Manchester where they both made the bomb.
The brother of the Manchester Arena bomber has been found guilty of 22 charges of murder.
Hashem Abedi conspired with his brother Salman Abedi, who killed himself and 22 others when he detonated a bomb at an Ariana Grande concert in May 2017.
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Evidence presented in court showed how Hashem was involved in making the explosives, before returning to Libya a month before the attack.
Speaking to Sky News, Max Hill, the CPS director of public prosecutions, said prosecutors and police looked at “every movement these men made”.
“The cars that they used, the telephones that they swapped, the places that they lived, the shopping trips that they went on themselves, or asked others, who didn’t know their plans, to go on for them, all of those circumstances built up into an unanswerable case,” he said.
NEW: Jury has found Hashem Abedi guilty of the murder of 22 victim in the Manchester Arena attack. Some of the families burst into tears and can be heard sobbing as the jury foreman repeats the word guilty. pic.twitter.com/ECGVk6CoVd
— Elaine Willcox (@ElaineWITV) March 17, 2020
“That this was a two-man job. These men planned it together and obviously, tragically, it only took one man to blow up the device and kill so many people.”
“This was a long investigation, it required extradition for the first time from Libya to this country.”
“And speaking for everyone in the CPS and every GMP officer who was involved we were all determined to give a sense of justice to all of those families who suffered in May 2017,” he added .