The Address | Benghazi – Libya
MANCHESTER – Inquests into the Manchester bombing are delayed at least for a year as they cannot be held before the conclusion of any criminal investigation and possible trial of any suspects, one of whom is the bomber’s brother, Hashem Abedi, BBC reported.
High Court judge, John Saunders, spoke at a pre-inquest review attended by about 20 members of the victims’ families. During the review Saunders said it would be another 12 months before the inquests would be held and the “answers” the families want were given.
Saunders also told the victims’ families that the UK is trying to extradite the bomber’s brother, Hashem Abedi, from custody in Libya where he is being held.
Jeremy Johnson QC, representing Greater Manchester Police, said detectives were still carrying out a “very full and thorough murder investigation” which was “far from concluded”. He said the inquiry had so far obtained 2,687 witness statements and 14,555 exhibits including many telephones, and that 23 people had been arrested.
Salman Abedi, 22, from Manchester, whose family settled in the UK from Libya, detonated his device at the end of an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May 2017. His attack left 22 dead and hundreds injured.