Younger brother of Manchester Arena bomber appears in court on multiple murder charges

Hashem Abed will go on trial at the Old Bailey.
Hashem Abed will go on trial at the Old Bailey.
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The younger brother of the Manchester Arena bomber has appeared at the Old Bailey charged with multiple charges of murder.

Salman Abedi, 22, detonated a suicide vest as music fans left an Ariana Grande concert on May 22, 2017, killing 22 people and injuring 260 others.

Among those killed were Yorkshire victims Sorell Leczkowski, 14, from Leeds; Courtney Boyle, 19, a Leeds Beckett University student from Gateshead; Kelly Brewster, 32, from Sheffield; Wendy Fawell, 50, from Otley; and Angela and Marcin Klis, a married couple from York.

Abedi's sibling, Hashem Abedi, who was raised in Manchester, travelled to Libya before the attack.

The defendant, now aged 22, was arrested in Tripoli and was extradited to the UK in July.

It is claimed he made successful and unsuccessful attempts to buy bomb-making chemicals.

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He also allegedly helped in the purchase of a Nissan Micra to store device components and made detonator tubes for use in the explosive.

Abedi appeared in the dock of Court 2 at the Old Bailey today for a plea and trial preparation hearing before senior judge Mr Justice Baker.

The defendant was not asked to enter pleas to the charges and the hearing was adjourned to October 22.

Abedi is charged with 22 counts of murder - one for each person killed in the attack.

He also faces a single count of attempted murder for all the other victims, and conspiring with his brother to cause explosions.

The defendant, who is in custody, is due to face trial at the Old Bailey from November 11.