THE brother of the Manchester bomber is being offered for sale to the highest bidder by Libyan warlords.
Militia groups are ransoming off Hashem Abedi, the sibling of Salman – who blew up an Ariana Grande concert last year – for $1million.
The UK Government wants to extradite him but there are fears he could escape justice and be sold to Islamic State terrorists where he will be hailed a hero for his role in last year’s atrocity.
Hashem Abedi, inset bottom, was detained by the now defunct semi-official Special Deterrence Force Libyan militia last year and is being held at Mitiga airport, near Tripoli.
But two militia groups with control over him want to sell him for a pay day.
Britain has been trying to formally extradite the 21-year-old since November last year, seven months after his older brother Salman, inset top, mounted a suicide attack on the Manchester Arena, which killed 22 people. Investigators believe that Hashem, who confessed to being part of Isis, helped to source and gather the materials used in the device.
According to Greater Manchester Police, counterterrorism officers believe they have enough evidence to charge him with the murders of 22, the attempted murders of others injured and conspiracy to cause an explosion.
Last night a government source said: “We learned that last week Hashem Abedi is in the process of being sold, for around $1million.
“Britain will not deal directly with these groups and will never pay for his extradition.”
Foreign and Commonwealth Office sources confirmed they were “closely monitoring” the situation and were still hopeful the extradition request would be honoured by Libya authorities.