$1M BOMBER BRO RAN­SOM War­lords ‘sell­ing sib­ling of killer’

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by BILL FRAN­CIS ■ by MARCO GIANNANGELI sun­day@dai­lystar.co.uk

THE brother of the Manch­ester bomber is be­ing of­fered for sale to the high­est bid­der by Libyan war­lords.

Mili­tia groups are ran­som­ing off Hashem Abedi, the sib­ling of Sal­man – who blew up an Ari­ana Grande con­cert last year – for $1mil­lion.

The UK Gov­ern­ment wants to ex­tra­dite him but there are fears he could es­cape jus­tice and be sold to Is­lamic State ter­ror­ists where he will be hailed a hero for his role in last year’s atroc­ity.

Hashem Abedi, in­set bot­tom, was de­tained by the now de­funct semiof­fi­cial Spe­cial Deter­rence Force Libyan mili­tia last year and is be­ing held at Mit­iga air­port, near Tripoli. But two mili­tia groups with con­trol over him want to sell him for a pay day.

Bri­tain has been try­ing to for­mally ex­tra­dite the 21-year-old since Novem­ber last year, seven months af­ter his older brother Sal­man, in­set top, mounted a sui­cide at­tack on the Manch­ester Arena, which killed 22 peo­ple.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve that Hashem, who con­fessed to be­ing part of Isis, helped to source and gather the ma­te­ri­als used in the de­vice.

Ac­cord­ing to Greater Manch­ester Po­lice, coun­tert­er­ror­ism of­fi­cers be­lieve they have enough ev­i­dence to charge him with the mur­ders of 22, the at­tempted mur­ders of oth­ers in­jured and con­spir­acy to cause an ex­plo­sion. Last night a gov­ern­ment source said: “We learned that last week Hashem Abedi is in the process of be­ing sold, for around $1mil­lion. “Bri­tain will not deal di­rectly with these groups and will never pay for his ex­tra­di­tion.” For­eign and Com­mon­wealth Of­fice sources con­firmed they were “closely mon­i­tor­ing” the sit­u­a­tion and were still hope­ful the ex­tra­di­tion re­quest would be hon­oured by Libya au­thor­i­ties.

A TRAF­FIC war­den was dragged from his moped by thieves, stamped on and kicked.The at­tack­ers then stole the ve­hi­cle from the vic­tim, who had to be taken to hos­pi­tal. A 20-year-old man has been ar­rested and po­lice are look­ing for three sus­pects and wit­nesses af­ter the at­tack in Alum Rock, Birm­ing­ham.De­tec­tive Sergeant Tom Lyons said the war­den is be­lieved to have suf­fered non-se­ri­ous in­juries. He added: “I was ab­so­lutely fu­ri­ous when I saw the CCTV footage. The level of vi­o­lence used is truly shock­ing, and I know ev­ery right-minded per­son who views it will share that anger.”

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