The eldest brother of the two terrorists at the Manchester Arena has welcomed the judge's decision to send his surviving sibling to prison for atrocities for 55 years.
Ismali Abedi has spoken about the attack by his two younger brothers Hashem and Salman in 2017, which killed 22 people.
He told SkyNews, “I'm glad this happened because I can get it all over with, get on with my life and take care of my family.
& # 39; The last three years have been hell. I lost two brothers and my family is being torn apart because of it. & # 39;
Ismali Abedi has spoken about the attack by his two younger brothers Hashem and Salman in 2017, which killed 22 people. Pictured: Ismail Abedi (right) with his brothers Salman (left) and Hashem (center)
He later apologized for his brothers' actions when he said, "On behalf of my family, I want to apologize to the victims for all the pain Hashem and Salman caused."
His comments come after Hashem received a life sentence of at least 55 years earlier this week after refusing to appear in court.
But the mother of one of the Manchester Arena bomb victims has since blown up jail.
Charlotte Hodgson's daughter Olivia, 15, died after Salman Abedi was detonated in a suicide bomb in the Manchester Arena foyer at 10:31 pm on May 22, 2017.
Salman Abedi, pictured en route to Manchester Arena in Victoria Station on May 22, 2017, where he detonated his bomb
Hashem (pictured) received a life sentence of at least 55 years earlier this week after refusing to go to court
Salman's brother Hashem Abedi is expected to die in jail after being handed a record sentence for the Manchester Arena bombing yesterday.
Ms. Hodgson, who appeared on Good Morning Britain from Bury, Greater Manchester, was asked by presenter Alex Beresford if she believed that there was justice at the Old Bailey.
She said, “No, not me. I don't see how a little more than two and a half years per person killed is justice. I know he will never be released from prison, but it's still not justice. & # 39;
Abedi refused to leave his prison cell to testify in court and did not show up for his hearing, much to the distress of the families.
Ms. Hodgson added, “There was no closure for me because he wasn't there.
“I didn't see his face. He has given us no answers, has shown no remorse, there is just nothing. & # 39;
The couple, who said they were struggling with mental health during the coronavirus lockdown, found the evidence difficult to hear during the trial.
Ms. Hodgson said, “It was extremely difficult. It's hard to describe how we feel and how we deal with it.
“And I think it would have been even more difficult to know that he heard it and didn't care. Because as I said, he showed no remorse through all of this.
Olivia died after Salman Abedi, who was detonated by a suicide bomb in the Manchester Arena foyer at 10:31 p.m. on May 22, 2017
Charlotte Hodgson and Paul Hodgson's daughter Olivia died after Salman Abedi, who was detonated by a suicide bomb in the Manchester Arena foyer at 10:31 pm on May 22, 2017
Paul Hodgson added, "I think the time factor between the March conviction and the conviction is a great long time and distance between them that is taken away from the real impact."
The heartbroken couple got married earlier this year but have still come to terms with their daughter's death.
She said, “I don't know how we try to have a life. We are literally silent day in and day out. There are still days when I don't want to get out of bed.
“There are still days when I wish I wasn't here. And in order to keep Olivia alive we will never forget that she is just an unforgettable child. We talk about them all the time, we play their music. She will always be here.
On the upcoming investigation, Ms. Hodgson said, “It will make the agony longer, but we hope for some answers because, as we keep saying, we still have no idea how this was allowed to happen.
& # 39; Why it happened. Why wasn't it stopped and that's all we want, we want answers. & # 39;
Judge Jeremy Baker ordered Abedi to serve 24 life sentences and said he would spend at least 55 years in prison before he could even be considered for parole.
Olivia (pictured) died after Salman Abedi was detonated by a suicide bomb in the Manchester Arena foyer at 10:31 pm on May 22, 2017
Family members gasped as the verdict – a record for a specific prison sentence – was pronounced for Abedi's role in the largest murder case in English legal history.
Abedi, born and raised in Manchester, was accused of "disdain" for failing to dock the families of those he and his suicide bomber brother Salman Abedi had killed more than three years earlier.
He was absent again when the verdict was pronounced and the judge ordered a copy of his remarks to be sent to the cells.
The judge sentenced him on Thursday afternoon, saying: “The defendant and his brother were equally responsible for the deaths and injuries caused.
The dire reality is that these were horrific crimes, great in scale, deadly in intent, and dire in their consequences.
"The desperation and desolation of the bereaved was palpable."
The verdict surpassed that of racist homophobe David Copeland, who received a 50-year prison sentence in 1999 for a 13-day nail bomb campaign in London that killed three people and injured many.
The judge, taking his toll on the "tremendous dignity and courage" of the families attending the court, said the 1,024 days Abedi was in custody count towards the total sentence. Lifetime due to its age.
He added, "He can never be released."
Responding to the verdict, Paul Hett, the father of victim Martyn Hett, said, “He will now spend the rest of his life in prison, and then making a decision will ensure that this coward never sees the light of day again . & # 39;
Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the bombing "a terrible and cowardly act of violence against children and families" and praised the "courage and dignity" of those affected.
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