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GNA halts Manchester Arena bombing extradition due to Tripoli clashes

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – Plans by the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) to extradite the brother of the Manchester Arena suicide bomber to Britain have been put on hold due to clashes in Tripoli.

GNA’s Interior Minister, Fathi Bashagha, said a Libyan court had agreed to return 21-year-old Hashem Abedi – the younger brother of the bomber Salman Abedi – because he was a British citizen.

However, he said that his government will extradite Hashem Abedi any time soon because the priority of GNA is to fight the Libyan National Army (LNA) in the capital.

“Now they are waiting. Now the war, everything is stopped. We have to wait until the conflict is finished,” he told the BBC.

GNA had previously said they expected him to be returned before the end of last year, but that has yet to happen.

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