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Manchester Bomber’s Brother Kept in Custody for Assisting Attack

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7Dnews London

Mon, 22 Jul 2019 17:44 GMT

The Manchester arena bomber’s younger brother, Hashem Abedi, who is suspected to have helped in planning the attack, attended his bail hearing via video-link on Monday, July 22nd.

The attack by suicide bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 people, injured over 200 more and left children traumatised at an Ariana Grande concert in the Manchester arena back on May 22nd, 2017.

The 22-year-old attacker’s younger brother, Hashem Abedi, travelled to Libya before his older brother detonated his suicide vest and is suspected of helping plan the attack.

The BBC reported that Abedi was detained at his location in Libya shortly after the bombing but was only extradited on Wednesday and arrested by British officers upon his arrival in the UK.

Abedi was remanded in custody during his bail hearing on Monday. He was denied bail as he awaits trial. He appeared at Oxford Crown Court via video-link from Belmarsh Prison in southeast London.

A seated Abedi was described by the Guardian newspaper as dressed in a grey jumper and glasses. The outlet reported that he spoke only to confirm his name at the start of the 10-minute hearing.

The judge, Nigel Sweeney, ordered him to be placed in custody before a preliminary court hearing, which will take place either at the Old Bailey in London or in Oxford on July 30th, according to AP.

Abedi faces charges for murdering the 22 victims of the attack, one count of attempted murder for those injured and one count of conspiring with his brother to cause explosions.