A MAN WHOSE WIFE DIED IN THE MANCHESTER TERROR ATTACK SAYS HE IS “AS UPSET TODAY AS THE DAY IT HAPPENED” AFTER BEING TOLD THAT THE INQUEST INTO THE DEATHS OF THE 22 VICTIMS MIGHT BE DELAYED YET AGAIN UNTIL NEXT YEAR, AND HAS CLAIMED THAT ONE OF THE CULPRITS IS STILL OUT THERE.
RELATIVES were told that the delay was due to the ongoing extradition of Hashem Abedi – bomber Salman Abedi’s brother – from Libya.
But Steve Howe from Oldham, who lost his wife Alison in the bombing, claims authorities do not know where he is.
Greater Manchester police (GMP) said counter-terrorism officers had been granted a warrant for Hashem’s arrest and that the Libyan authorities were asked earlier this year to consider extraditing him to the UK, but to date this has still not happened.
They believe they have enough evidence to charge him with the murder of 22 people, the attempted murder of others who were injured, and conspiracy to cause an explosion.
The families may have to wait until April 2020 for the full inquests to take place – almost three years after the attack.
Twenty-two people died in the May 2017 Islamic terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert. Steve’s wife was among them after having attended with a friend, who sadly also died in the blast.
Speaking after a pre-inquest review, Mr Howe told Sky News how he walked out of the hearing once he found out there were no updates available on the extradition.