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Manchester Arena Bombing Public Inquiry Begins

Posted on: September 7, 2020

A public inquiry into the Manchester Arena Bombing in May 2017 at the end of an Ariana Grande concert has began today at Manchester Magistrates Court. The Inquiry is chaired by Sir John Saunders, a retired High Court Judge.

On 22nd May 2017 Salman Abedi detonated a bomb in the foyer area of Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert – it killed 22 people and injured many hundreds more. Hashem Abedi, his younger brother, was convicted of 22 counts of murder after a trial in March 2020.

The public hearing into the May 2017 terror attack will consider evidence and investigate whether there were missed opportunities to identify Salman Abedi as a suicide bomber.

Counsel to the Inquiry, Paul Greaney QC, began the inquiry proceedings by reading the names of the 22 people who died. He said, “The Inquiry would leave no stone unturned”.

Following a one-minute silence in remembrance of the atrocity, Sir John opened the Inquiry and stated “this is an exercise in establishing the truth”.

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