Hashem Abedi, the younger brother of Manchester bomber Salman, has finally been extradited from Libya to the UK.
The 22-year-old has denied charges of murder, attempted murder, and conspiring to cause explosions, in relation to the Manchester Arena attack in May 2017.
After today’s appearance at Westminster magistrates, he will appear at Oxford Crown Court on 22 July for a bail hearing and another preliminary hearing is set for the Old Bailey on 30 July.
Prosecutors claim it was Hashem who purchased chemicals used in the explosive and made detonator tubes for the bomb that killed 22 at the Ariana Grande concert. It’s also claimed he helped Salman to buy a car that was used to store the components and materials for the device.
Hashem arrived in the UK on Wednesday after being held in solitary confinement by what amounts to a militia in Tripoli since the attack.
The whereabouts of the Abedi father Ramadan, who was also detained shortly after the attack, are unknown.
Due to the criminal proceedings, the inquests into the deaths of the 22 victims and Salman Abedi cannot continue until at least 2020.