United Kingdom: life imprisonment for the brother of the perpetrator of the Manchester bombing

Hundreds of bouquets left in Manchester in remembrance of the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing on May 24, 2017. REUTERS / Jon Super

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Three years after the suicide bombing in Manchester, the British justice sentenced this Thursday to life imprisonment with a minimum of 55 years in prison Hashem Abedi, the brother of the terrorist Salman Abedi - died in the explosion of his bomb - for the 'helping prepare for the explosion that left 22 dead and hundreds injured after a concert.


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With our correspondent in London,  Maxence Peigné

At the time of the attack, Hashem Abedi was thousands of miles from Manchester, Libya, but the Old Bailey Criminal Court in London considered him to be just as guilty as his brother, Salman Abedi. It was the latter who carried out the suicide bomb attack killing 22 people, including several teenagers, at the exit of an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017.

Hashem Abedi, a Briton of Libyan origin now 23, co-organized the attack and was the only survivor of the siblings to stand trial. He is an “  intelligent young man who has committed atrocious crimes  explained the judge before finding him guilty of murder, attempted murder and conspiracy.

Sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum of 55 years in prison, he refused to enter the room when his sentence was announced. In addition to the 22 people killed in the explosion, 237 were injured, 28 of them very seriously.

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