Manchester bomber's Salman Abedi's brother Hashem sentenced today at Old Bailey

Hashem Abedi helped buy and transport the components for his brother Salman’s bomb which killed 22 people in May 2017.

Abedi, 23, was sentence to a minimum of 55 years at the Old Bailey today.

He refused to come up to the dock for sentencing as Mr Justice Jeremy Baker stated he would spend at least 55 years in prison before he could even be considered for parole.

“The defendant should clearly understand the minimum term he should serve is 55 years. He may never be released,” Mr Justice Baker told the Old Bailey.

It was Abedi’s older brother, 22-year-old Salman, who detonated the bomb in the foyer of Manchester Arena at 10.31pm on 22 May 2017, as thousands of men, women and children left a concert by pop star Ariana Grande.

Salman Abedi died in the blast.

Hashem Abedi, born and raised in Manchester, was accused of showing “contempt” to the families of those he and his brother Salman Abedi killed more than three years earlier by not coming into the dock.

Mr Justice Baker said: “Although Salman Abedi was directly responsible, it was clear the defendant took an integral part in the planning.”

He added: “The motivation for them was to advance the ideology of Islamism, a matter distinct to and abhorrent to the vast majority for those who follow the Islamic faith.

“The defendant and his brother were equally culpable for the deaths and injuries caused.

“The stark reality is that these were atrocious crimes, large in their scale, deadly in their intent, and appalling in their consequences.

“The despair and desolation of the bereaved families has been palpable.”


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