Libya Won’t Extradite Manchester Bomber’s Brother
The Libyan armed group holding the brother of the Manchester Arena bomber have refused to extradite him to Britain.
The group, known as the “Deterrence Force”, acts as the police for Libya’s unity government.
A spokesperson for the group, Ahmed Ben Salem, said: “No. Hashem Abedi will not be extradited.”
Hashem is the brother of Salman Abedi, who detonated a suicide bomb after an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in May of this year.
Twenty-two people were killed and 500 injured in Britain’s worst terrorist attack in over a decade.
On Wednesday, British police issued an arrest warrant for Hashem Abedi, and requested he be extradited from Libya.
The Libyan Deterrence Force arrested Hashem within days of the attack and plan to prosecute him there.
Hashem has admitted to helping his brother buy the equipment for the attack. He also reportedly told the Deterrence Force that he was “fully aware of the details of the terrorist operation”.
Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, has called on Prime Minister, Theresa May, to put pressure on Libya to bring Hashem Abedi back to Britain for trial.
Image: Hashem Abedi in custody [online image] (2017) sourced on 3 November 2017 from http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2017/11/01/21/40C057AA00000578-5040805-image-a-2_1509572842722.jpg