The brother of the suicide bomber, who blew himself up at the end of a concert in Manchester in May 2017, was sentenced this Thursday to at least 55 years in prison for participating in an attack that killed 22 people and left hundreds of injured.
Salman Abadi blew himself up at the same time the audience said goodbye to a concert by American artist Ariana Grande in one of the worst attacks in recent UK history. His brother Hashem helped him with the planning, the judges found.
Judge Jeremy Baker has ruled that Hashem Abedi will have spent at least 55 years behind bars before parole can even be considered. Since he was less than 21 years old – he was 20 – at the time of the attack, he cannot be sentenced to life imprisonment, the BBC reports.
The defendant, who did not go to court to hear the verdict, traveled to Libya before his brother committed the crime but was arrested shortly afterwards and extradited to the UK to be held accountable for his indirect involvement become.