Mayor Andy Burnham condemns Libya trial after Arena attack
Thursday 31st August 2017 15:31 News Tameside Posted by Nigel Skinner

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has reacted angrily to reports that a trial could be held in Libya in connection with the terror attack in the city.

The attack at the Manchester Arena on concert goers leaving the Ariana Grande event on May 22 claimed the lives of 22 people and left many more with serious, life changing injuries.

In a statement Andy Burnham said: “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.”

His statement comes after reports by the BBC that Hashem Abedi, the younger brother of the Manchester bomber Salman Abedi, will be tried in Libya over his suspected role in the attack, possibly in the next two months.