Hashem Abedi, the brother of the man responsible for the Manchester Arena bombing, has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 55 years after being found guilty of 22 counts of murder.
Abedi, 23, was found guilty of attempted murder and plotting to cause an explosion likely to endanger life on March 17, shortly before trials were adjourned due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Old Bailey previously heard how he had assisted his older sibling Salman Abedi, carry out a Suicide Bomb attack inside the Manchester Area, shortly after American pop star, Ariana Grande’s concert concluded on May 22 2017.
The explosion that rocked the Manchester arena took the lives of 22 people between the ages of eight and fifty-one and left 139 persons injured.
During the sentencing of Abedi yesterday, August 20, presiding judge, Jeremy Baker told the court: “The defendant should clearly understand the minimum term he should serve is 55 years. He may never be released.”
In addition, The judge sentenced Abedi to life in prison with a minimum of 44 years for attempted murder, and a minimum of 35 years for plotting to cause an explosion. He told the court both Abedi and his brother were “equally culpable for the deaths and injuries caused by the explosion.”
Abedi in an attempt to escape, had travelled to Libya before the bombing took place, but was extradited back to Britain to face trial.
Unfortunately for him, investigating officers found his matching fingerprints at key locations where the explosives were kept and stored.
Prosecutors then described him as “just as guilty” as his brother, as they presented evidence of them both buying nuts and screws for shrapnel and ordering chemicals from Amazon to manufacture their homemade explosives.