MANCHESTER: Hashem Abedi, formerly of Fallowfield, was sentenced on Thursday (20 August) at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey), London and ordered to serve a minimum of 55 years behind bars.
It follows a six week trial concluding in March 2020 that found Abedi guilty of 22 counts of murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to cause an explosion likely to endanger life. Hashem was arrested in Libya the following day and successfully extradited to the UK on 17 July 2019.
Hashem (08/04/1997) plotted with his brother Salman in the months leading up to the attack, building a bomb that was detonated by Salman while people left the Manchester Arena following a music concert.
According to Greater Manchester Police, Hashem persuaded close acquaintances to purchase chemicals that could be used to manufacture explosives, sourced metal drums that were used to build bomb prototypes and bought a white Nissan Micra car that was used to store bomb components in Manchester while the brothers were in Libya.
He also acted as his brother’s driver, travelling with Salman between addresses on Lindum Street, Rusholme and Somerton Court, Blackley where the brothers manufactured explosives.
After helping Salman accumulate materials needed to construct the final version of the bomb, the pair flew to Libya to see family on 15 April 2017.
While abroad, bomb components were stored in the Nissan Micra, parked near Devell House in Rusholme, before Salman returned to Manchester and created the final version of the bomb in a flat at Granby House in the city centre.
Salman detonated the device he and his brother created during the evening of 22 May 2017, killing himself and 22 other people,