The brother of the Manchester Arena bomber, Salman Abedi, has today been found guilty of the murder of 22 people.
Abedi had denied helping to plan the “sudden and lethal” blast which killed 22 people, the majority of whom were teenagers, and that injured “nearly 1,000”.
The Old Bailey in central London heard that the evil and twisted duo worked together to source materials used in the callous blast that was detonated following the Ariana Grande concert in May 2017.
Abedi has also been found guilty of attempted murder and conspiring to cause explosions.
Prosecutors said Hashem was “jointly responsible” with his brother for the vile attack that happened on 22nd May 2017.
The court heard how the siblings “stood shoulder to shoulder” in the plot, with younger sibling Hashem “just as guilty of murder” as the bomber himself.
Some of the victims’ family members broke down as the verdicts were delivered following the complex trial that has lasted seven-weeks and has been the culmination of one of the most significant and complex investigations ever undertaken by Greater Manchester Police.
Duncan Penny QC, prosecuting, said the Abedi brothers had spent “months” planning the sickening blast.
They worked together to source chemicals and buy screws and nails to use as “anti-personnel shrapnel” in experimental improvised bombs, the court was told.
Although Hashem was hiding in Libya when the device was detonated he was “just as guilty”, Mr Penny said.
The youngest victim of the bombing, Saffie Roussos, was just eight years old.
Since the evil attack 670 people have reported “reported psychological trauma as a result of these events”.
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