More than two years after the devasting Manchester Arena Attack, the younger brother of the bomber, Hashem Abedi, has been charged with murder of the 22 victims.
Abedi was extradited from Libya on Wednesday 17th July and arrested upon arrival in the UK. The 22-year-old was summoned at Westminster Magistrates Court shortly after where the charges were given.
Along with the murder charge, Abedi also has a single count related to injuring around 260 people and another for carrying explosive materials.
The Manchester Arena Attack happened on 22nd May 2017 shortly after an Ariana Grande concert as Salman Abedi, Hashem’s older brother, detonated a suicide vest concealed in his backpack.
At the Magistrates Court, prosecutors allege Abedi created detonator tubes for the bomb, bought the chemicals to make an explosive substance and carried the materials in a Nissan Micra for his brother.
The names of the 22 victims were read out in front of the court as Zafar Ali QC, defending, indicated that Abedi would be pleading not guilty to all counts.
In the week to follow, the Manchester-born culprit appeared at Oxford Crown Court through video link.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled to take place either at the Old Bailey or in Oxford on 30th July. Judge Justice Sweeney ordered that Abedi be remanded in custody ahead of the hearing.
Due to legal proceedings the inquests have been delayed and as a result, family members of the victims have been told that they are not likely to take place until at least April 2020.
Many will be hoping the the accused will be brought to justice for not only killing 22 and injuring 260, but also for causing psychological damage for more than 600 people.
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