Manchester bomber's brother and Parsons Green Tube terrorist jointly charged with assaulting prison officer

Martin Evans
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Hashem Abedi and Ahmed Hassan
Hashem Abedi and Ahmed Hassan

Two of Britain’s most notorious terrorist inmates have been charged in connection with an alleged attack on a prison officer.

Hashem Abedi, 23, who was jailed last year for his role in the Manchester Arena atrocity, and Ahmed Hassan, 21, who is serving life for trying to blow up a Tube train at Parson’s Green, are accused of assaulting a guard at HMP Belmarsh in May last year.

Another convicted extremist, Muhammed Saeed, 22, who admitted possessing terrorist articles, has also been charged in connection with the incident.

The alleged attack took place at the maximum security HMP Belmarsh in south east London on May 11 last year.

All three men have been charged with causing actual bodily harm against a member of staff at the prison, while Abedi is also charged with assaulting a second prison officer.

All three men are due to appear before Bromley Magistrates’ Court on April 7 to answer the charges.

The alleged incident in Belmarsh took place just weeks after Abedi had been found guilty of the murder of 22 people in the 2017 Manchester Arena attack.

Abedi had been staying in Tripoli with his family on May 22 2017 when his older brother, Salman, blew himself up during an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

But following a painstaking investigation Greater Manchester Police uncovered his role in plotting the attack and helping to assemble the device.

A warrant was issued for Hashem’s arrest and he was extradited back to the UK from Libya in July 2019.

The alleged attack took place at Belmarsh prison in south east London
The alleged attack took place at Belmarsh prison in south east London

At the time of the alleged attack on a prison officer last May, Abedi had been awaiting sentence for his role in the bombing and last August was given 22 life sentences with a recommendation that he serve at least 55-years before he becomes eligible to apply for parole.

Hassan was jailed for life with a minimum of 34-years in 2018 after being found guilty of leaving a homemade bomb on a District Line underground train in September 2017.

The improvised explosive device (IED) partially detonated on the rush hour train injuring 23 passengers. A further 28 people were hurt in the stampede to escape.

Saeed, who is from Manchester, had been on remand in HMP Belmarsh at the time of the alleged attack. 

In June last year he pleaded guilty to five counts of possessing an article suspected of being connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.

He was first arrested in December 2019 following a series of raids but has yet to be sentenced in connection with that offence.

HMP Belmarsh is a Category A prison, which houses some of the country’s most high profile and dangerous inmates, including a high number of convicted prisoners.

There were more than 10,000 assaults on prison staff in 2019, a rise of more than 25 per cent on the previous year, and the Prison Officers’ Association has called for more to be done to protect its members.

In October two inmates at HMP Whitemoor were jailed for life for the attempted murder of a prison officer in what was believed be the first terror attack inside a UK jail.

Brusthom Ziamani, 25,  and Baz Macaulay Hockton, 26, wore fake suicide belts and shouted "Allahu Akbar" as they attacked a guard with makeshift weapons.