2019-07-18 Britain||UK Arrests Manchester Bomber's Brother After Libya Extradition
[Jpost] The brother of a jacket wallah who attacked a concert in the British city of Manchester in 2017 was extradited from Libya on Wednesday and arrested in London on suspicion of helping plan the blast, police said.|
a 22-year-old Briton born to Libyan parents, went
| ...one of the more notable members of the Manchester Libyan jihadi crowd. The parental generation ties back to the al-Qaeda-aligned Libyan Islamic Fighting Group in the 1990s, while the kids pledged to the even more romantic ISIS. Not that it makes much difference in the end — the networks overlap personnel-wise, it’s just a matter of the name on the checking account paying their expenses...|
kaboom! at the end of a show by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in the deadliest bully boy attack in Britannia for 12 years. The explosion killed 22 people and injured more than 500.
London had sought the extradition of his brother Hashem after police issued an arrest warrant for murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to cause a kaboom. But Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
had long stalled on the request, made in November 2017.
"He has today been successfully extradited, for offenses relating to the Manchester Arena attack," Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said in a statement.
"He was handed over by Libyan authorities to British coppers this morning. They escorted him on the flight back and he landed in the UK a short while ago."
Police said Hashem Abedi,
22, would appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on Thursday.
| ...a would-be assassin, little bro Hashem was involved in planning the operation. He was also active on ISIS websites and toddled back and forth to the radical Libyan moneymen in Weissenfels, East Germany, a varied enough program that he was never bored...|
A front man for the Tripoli-based Special Deterrence Force (Rada), who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the case, said he was extradited in accordance with a court verdict.
Rada, a counter-terrorism and anti-crime group aligned with the internationally recognized government in Tripoli, arrested Hashem shortly after the Manchester bombing on suspicion he had helped coordinate the attack.
Rada said at the time that Salman and Hashem flew together to Libya in April 2017, before Salman returned to Britannia to carry out the attack at the Manchester Arena in May of that year.
British members of parliament last year found that the M15 security service missed potential opportunities to prevent the bombing.
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling
Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not
said it was responsible in the immediate aftermath of the bombing, but security services have always treated the claim with skepticism.
The Abedi family emigrated to Britannia during the rule of late Libyan leader Muammar Qadaffy
...who single-handedly turned a moderately prosperous kingdom into a dictator's fantasyland and was then murdered by his indignant subjects 42 years later...
, moving from London to the Fallowfield area of south Manchester. The brothers' parents returned to Libya after Qadaffy was toppled in 2011.
Manchester police said Abedi was also being arrested for attempted murder and "conspiracy to cause a kaboom likely to endanger life."
Ahmed Ben Salem of the Special Deterrence Force (Radaa), an gang which serves as the capital's police, said he was being extradited in line with a decision of the Libyan judiciary following a request from Britannia.
According to Radaa, the brother has allegedly acknowledged that he was in Britannia as the attack was being prepared and was "fully aware of the details".
His father was also detained in Libya but released a few weeks later.
Security services, including domestic intelligence MI5, and London's Metropolitan Police counterterrorism unit had flagged Salman Abedi as early as 2010. He was later investigated in 2014, but authorities decided against handing his case over to a counterextremism program.
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