Bomber’s brother gets 55 years for Manchester concert attack

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Judge Jeremy Baker said during the sentencing hearing that the two brothers were “equally culpable for the deaths and injuries caused by the explosion.” “Although Salman Abedi was directly responsible, it was clear the defendant took an integral part in the planning,” Baker said. Trending News

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Bomber’s brother gets 55 years for Manchester concert attack

The judge said that had the younger brother been over age 21 at the time of the explosion, he would have been given a “whole-life term.” Instead, he was sentenced to serve a minimum of 55 years before parole may be considered. He added there was a “significant degree of premeditation” and that the motivation for the brothers was “to advance the ideology of Islamism.” 

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First published on August 20, 2020 / 9:26 AM Bomber’s brother sentenced to 55 years in prison for Manchester concert attack

August 20, 2020 / 9:26 AM
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The brother of the suicide bomber who set off an explosion at a 2017 Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, killing 22 people and injuring hundreds, was sentenced Thursday to a minimum of 55 years in prison. 

Hashem Abedi, 23, had denied helping plan the attack at Manchester Arena but was found guilty of murder, attempted murder, and conspiring to cause explosions. His sentencing had been postponed due to travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. He refused to attend court for the sentencing hearing. 

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His elder brother Salman Abedi, who set off the bomb, died in the May 22, 2017 attack at the end of the concert. 

Hashem Abedi, the younger brother of the Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi. “The defendant should clearly understand the minimum term he should serve is 55 years. He may never be released,” Baker added.