By Laura Kemp • 19 October 2021 • 15:52
Tributes at St Anne's Square, Manchester. Image - Wiki
The brother of the suicide bomber who killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in May 2017 has fled the UK ahead of a scheduled appearance.
The appearance was scheduled for this Thursday, October 21, for a public inquiry investigating the attack.
Suicide bomber Salman Abedi blew himself up at the end of the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester as parents were collecting their children. Those killed include seven children, the youngest aged eight, while 237 people were injured.
His brother Hashem Abedi was found guilty of murder for assisting Salman in planning the attack and was subsequently sentenced to at least 55 years in prison in August last year.
The men’s older brother, Ismail, has been called to court this Thursday before the public enquiry.
At a hearing today, counsel to the inquiry Paul Greaney said: “We understand that he is not currently in the country, and there is no indication as to when he will return.”
“As he surely must understand, if he does not do so, the public may infer that he has something to hide.”
The inquiry is seeking evidence from Ismail Abedi as part of its investigation into Salman’s motivations for the attack.
He has so far refused to cooperate with the inquiry, arguing that he does not want to incriminate himself, following being detained and questioned by the police then later released.
The inquiry is also seeking evidence from Ahmed Taghdi, a friend of Salman Abedi, Who has also been summoned to attend on Thursday.
Greaney said that Taghdi was caught attempting to leave the country yesterday, October 18, and was arrested. He is now in custody.
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