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Manchester Arena bomber’s brother, 22, is granted legal aid to fight his murder charges while families of the 22 victims continue to be denied cash

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Daily Mail
August 5, 2019

The brother of the Manchester Arena terrorist has been given legal aid – but his victims haven’t. 

Hashem Abedi, 22, will be represented by state lawyers when he goes to trial accused of 22 counts of murder for each of the victims killed.

But the families of the children and their parents murdered as they left the Ariana Grande concert in May 2017 have been denied taxpayer money to help their cases.

The shocking revelation was made at a pre-inquest hearing into the death of their loved ones, reports The Sun.

In court in Manchester on Friday the victims’ lawyer Paul Greaney QC told coroner Sir John Saunders: ‘Bereaved families are experiencing difficulties in obtaining funding from the Legal Aid Agency.’

It echoes the problems experienced by families of the London Bridge terror attack’s victims, who were also denied state legal funding.

Brendan Cox, whose wife, Labour MP Jo, was killed by far-right extremist Thomas Mair, branded the decision ‘twisted’.

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This article was posted: Monday, August 5, 2019 at 5:56 am

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