Hashem Abedi, brother of the Manchester Arena bomber, charged with 22 counts of murder

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Hashem Abedi, the brother of the Manchester Arena bomber, arrived back in the UK on 17 July following a request made by the CPS Counter Terrorism Division to the Libyan authorities.

On 18 July he appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London.

He is charged with a total of 24 counts: the first 22 are for the murder of individuals attending the Ariana Grande concert on 22 May 2017. The remaining counts are for the attempted murder of a number of others in the Arena and conspiring with this brother to cause an explosion.

The CPS Counter Terrorism Division will prosecute the case at the Crown Court using evidence gathered by Great Manchester Police.

The hearings will be open to the public but to find out more about how the CPS prosecutes terrorism cases please visit our dedicated website page.

Timeline of the Hashem Abedi case

  • 22 May 2017 - Manchester Arena bombing - 22 people are killed and more than 260 injured
  • 23 May 2017 - Hashem Abedi is arrested in Libya. He is the brother of Salman Abedi, the bomber
  • August 2017 - The CPS authorises charges against Hashem Abedi for murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to cause an explosion
  • October 2017 - Warrant issued for his arrest and he is charged
  • October 2017 - UK issues extradition request to Libya
  • 17 July 2019 - Hashem Abedi returns to the UK after being extradited from Libya
  • 18 July - First court appearance at Westminster Magistrates’ Court

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