The younger brother of the Manchester Arena suicide bomber has been extradited to the UK to face murder charges, it has been confirmed.
Hashem Abedi was arrested in Libya shortly after his brother, Salman Abedi, killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert on May 22, 2017.
He was made the subject of an extradition request by the British authorities in the November of that year and today was flown to the UK in accordance with a court verdict after being held in Tripoli.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid said in a tweet that the extradition was an “important step forward” in the investigation into the terror attack.
Upon his arrival, Abedi was arrested for the murder of the 22 victims, attempted murder of others, and conspiracy to cause an explosion likely to endanger life.
Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Ian Hopkins, said he will now be transferred to police custody in London.
He is expected to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court "in due course", police have said.
Assistant Chief Constable Russ Jackson said the victims and survivors of the terrorist attack were the first people to be told about the successful extradition.
Mr Hopkins added: “Our thoughts have been with the families of those who lost loved ones and the hundreds who are struggling with serious physical injuries and deep psychological effects.
“They have always been central to our investigation and will continue to be so at all times.”
Prime Minister Theresa May praised the victims’ families and survivors for conducting themselves with “such dignity” and thanked those involved in the investigation.
She said that going forward, “what we all now need to see is that all involved in this case are able to see that case progress and that case brought to the courts.”