Libya says extradition of brother of Manchester Arena attacker hindered by Tripoli war

Libya says extradition of brother of Manchester Arena attacker hindered by Tripoli war

April 27, 2019 - 19:32
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

Hashim Al-Obeidi

The extradition of Hashem Abedi, the brother of the Manchester Arena attacker in 2017 Salman Abedi, has been delayed due to the clashes in Tripoli, BBC reported, citing sources from Libya.

Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha said earlier that a Libyan court agreed to extradite Hashem because he is a British citizen.

Hashem has been detained in Libya since after the attack which took the lives of 22 persons in Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester Arena.

BBC reported Bashagha as saying that a week after the ruling of the court, the capital came under attack by forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar.

"We are awaiting the procedure which would allow it to hand Hashem Abedi over to the UK, but because of the war, everything is stopped and the extradition would not happen until fighting had ended. We are paying all our attention to how to push back Haftar's militia attacking Tripoli. This is important for us now." Bashagha told the BBC.

Bashagha added that the prison where Abedi is being held is secure, despite the conflict threatening the capital, where more than 250 people have been killed since the offensive began on April 04.