Brother of Manchester Arena bomber to inform police of his every move

Terror plotter brother, 23, of Manchester Arena suicide bomber will be forced to inform police of his every move until he is 108 years old… if he is ever freed from jail after 55-year term

  • Hashem Abedi, 23, helped make the bomb that killed 22 at the Manchester Arena
  • His brother Salman Abedi, 22, detonated the suicide bomb on May 22 2017
  • Abdei will have to inform police of his movements if ever released from jail
  • The Counter Terrorism Act ‘notification requirements’ will last until he is 108
  • He is currently being held at HMP Frankland with many other notorious criminals

The brother of the Manchester suicide bomber will have to inform police of his every move until he is up to 108-years-old – if he is ever released from prison. 

Hashem Abedi, 23, must serve at least 55 years in jail for making the nail bomb which killed 22 people at the Ariana Grande concert.     

His older brother, Salman Abedi, who was 22, detonated the suicide bomb in the foyer of Manchester Arena at 10.31pm on May 22 2017, as thousands of men, women and children left a concert by pop star Ariana Grande.

Hashem Abedi escaped a full life sentence under new laws because he was under 21 when the bomb ripped through the Manchester Arena. 

Hashem Abedi, 23, has been handed a 30 year notification requirement under the Counter Terrorism Act which means, if released from jail, he will have to provide the authorities with photographs, biometric data, change of address and holidays destinations until he is 108

But on Thursday Mr Justice Jeremy Baker handed him a 30 year notification requirement under the Counter Terrorism Act.  

He will have to provide the authorities with photographs, biometric data, any change of address or holidays destinations.

Abedi will be 78 at the earliest stage he can be released and the order will run from three days after that.

This means the order will last until his 108th birthday.

It emerged during a hearing at the Old Bailey on Thursday he is being held at Frankland Prison, which has housed other notorious inmates, including Fusilier Lee Rigby’s terrorist killer Michael Adebolajo, Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, and Charles Bronson.

The prison is one of three with separation centres, dubbed ‘jails within jails’, which were first announced in 2017 to tackle extremism behind bars.  

Hashem helped make the nail bomb that his brother Salmen Abedi, 22, (pictured here carrying to the Manchester Arena) detonated at 10.31pm on May 22 2017 while as thousands of men, women and children left a concert by pop star Ariana Grande

The attack claimed 22 lives, and many others were left injured (pictured: The scene after the attack)

Although it is not known if Abedi is being kept in one of these units, inmates can be moved to the specialist units if they are linked to terror plotting or considered to pose a risk to national security. 

Abedi was given the longest determinate sentence ever passed in the UK for helping carry out one of the country’s worst terrorist atrocities.

What is a notification requirement?

Notification requirements are issued under the Counter Terrorism Act 2008. 

The Act provides the police with strengthened powers to manage individuals convicted of terrorism or terrorism-related offences on their release from prison. 

When someone is subject to notification requirements, they must provide the police with information, including their home address, passport number, photographs and biometric data.

This information allows the police and other authorities to monitor an offender and to manage any ongoing risk that they pose. 

It is largely similar to the restrictions placed on convicted sex offenders when they are released from jail. 

The notification requirements remain in place for a minimum of 10 years and for up to 30 years depending on the length of sentence imposed by the courts. 

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, National Lead for Counter Terrorism Policing, said: ‘The long term management of terrorist offenders is critical to our ongoing responsibility to keep the public safe.’

He said the measures assist the police to ‘identify and manage risk posed by convicted terrorist offenders’.

In August 2017 there were 111 individuals in Great Britain subject to notification requirements following conviction for a terrorism offence. 

Source: Home Office 

He could die behind bars after being handed 24 life sentences with a minimum term of 55 years before he can be considered for parole. 

The Abedi brothers, from Fallowfield in south Manchester, spent months ordering, stockpiling and transporting the deadly materials for the terror attack, using multiple mobile phones, addresses and runaround vehicles to make their bomb.

Hashem sourced ingredients including metal cylinders and shrapnel for the device.

Salman, 22, had scoped out a Take That gig just days before he detonated the suicide bomb as the pop star finished her show and fans poured out of the gig.

Among those killed were an eight year old girl, an off-duty police officer and a brave aunt who shielded her 11-year-old niece from the blast.

Hundreds were injured in the attack, many of them children.

In March a jury convicted Abedi of 22 counts of murder, attempted murder and plotting to cause an explosion likely to endanger life after deliberating for five hours.

He fled to Libya before his brother blew himself up with the rucksack bomb and was extradited to the UK for a six-week trial at the Old Bailey.

Abedi was given the country best lawyers at taxpayer’s expense, but sacked two legal teams and refused to give evidence or appear in court as the evidence drew to a close.

He refused to come to court as the families of his victims told how he had destroyed their lives.

Mr Justice Jeremy Baker handed the coward 24 life sentences and told him he must serve at least 55 years in jail before he can be considered for parole.

The Abedi brothers were radicalised while living alone at the family home in Fallowfield, Manchester, after their parents moved to Libya in 2016.

Abedi had denied any involvement in the atrocity and in his defence statement he claimed: ‘I was not involved in the instigation, preparation or commission of it.’

He said: ‘Had I had any idea of it I would have reported it to my mother initially and then to other family members to prevent it from happening.

‘During the last two years I have been held in Libya by the militia and subjected to torture. It has been a difficult time for me for a number of reasons.

‘I have been held in a very small dark cell for two years and almost two months. I have also been tortured. 

The 22 victims of the terror attack during the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in May 2017

‘I am relieved to be back in the UK and wish to assist in this investigation as much as I can.’

But prosecutor Duncan Penny said he was just as guilty as his brother Salman.

Mr Penny said: ‘This explosion was the culmination of months of planning, experimentation by the two of them.

‘He encouraged and assisted his brother Salman to maim and kill as many people as possible. He is just as responsible for this atrocity.’

That night 14,054 people arrived at the gig between 6pm and 7.30pm after 14,098 tickets were sold online and over the counter to eager fans of the pop star.

By 10.32pm the first emergency call had been put in with first aid staff racing from Victoria Train Station to help the wounded and assist colleagues on-hand at the concert hall.

Saffie Rose Roussos, eight, was the youngest victim to die in the attack.

The victims were: Martyn Hett, 29, Georgina Callander, 18, Olivia Campbell, 15; Off-duty police officer Elaine McIver, 43, John Atkinson, 26, Kelly Brewster, 32, Alison Lowe, 44, and friend Lisa Lees, 43, Marcin Kils, 42, and Angelika Kils, 39, Nell Jones, 14, Jane Tweedle-Taylor, 50, Michelle Kiss, 45, Sorrell Leczkowski, 14, Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19, Eilidh MacLeod, 14, Wendy Fawell, 50, Courtney Boyle, 19, and her stepdad Philip Tron, 32, and Megan Hurley, 15. 

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