NEWS
31/08/2017 20:57 BST | Updated 01/09/2017 05:43 BST

UK Police ‘Yet To Interview Manchester Arena Bomber’S Brother In Libya’

British police officers are yet to interview the brother of Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi, Greater Manchester Police said, amid reports he will be tried in Libya.

Hashem Abedi, 20, is said to have played a “key role” in the terror outrage carried out by his older brother which left 22 dead in May.

He was arrested in Tripoli by members of the Rada Special Deterrence Force a day after the attack, along with the brothers’ father, Ramadan Abedi.

Greater Manchester’s Mayor Andy Burnham (Peter Byrne/PA)

The father has since been released, but Hashem is still in custody and will go on trial in the next two months, according to the BBC.

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham said he has “grave concerns” that Hashem will not be tried in the UK.

GMP said Hashem remains a suspect and officers have held talks with the Libyan authorities.

A statement from the force said: “Yesterday it was reported in the press that Libyan authorities intend to prosecute Hashem Abedi in Libya for the Manchester attack.

“It was also reported that police officers have interviewed Hashem Abedi. This is not accurate, he has not been interviewed by police.

“We have had discussions with the Libyan authorities in respect of Hashem Abedi and at this time we cannot comment on any detail about this.”

CCTV image of Salman Abedi on the night he carried out the Manchester Arena terror attack (Greater Manchester Police/PA)

Mr Burnham said he would call on Prime Minister Theresa May to ensure any trial was held in the UK.

He said: “I have grave concerns about reports that a trial may take place in Libya connected with the atrocious attack at the Manchester Arena in May.

“This was an appalling attack on our city and any trial conducted thousands of miles from Manchester would in no way represent justice for all those who have been affected.

“It is essential that any trial connected to the attack, particularly if it involves a UK citizen, takes place in the UK under British law.

“I am today calling on the Prime Minister and the Government to do everything within their power to make sure that this is what happens.”