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Manchester Arena Inquiry LIVE: Pathologist gives evidence about the injuries suffered on the night of the blast

Sep 20, 2021

Manchester Arena Inquiry LIVE: Pathologist gives evidence about the injuries suffered on the night of the blast Forensic pathologist Dr Philip Lumb was due to give his evidence. (Image: PA) The independent inquiry into the Manchester Arena bombing was today due to hear from a pathologist about the injuries suffered on the night of the blast. Forensic pathologist Dr Philip Lumb was due to begin his evidence on Friday afternoon as the inquiry begins chapter 11, which covers the effects of the detonation. Before his evidence, there will be a preliminary hearing ahead of evidence later in the inquiry about what the secret services knew about the bomber, Salman Abedi. The terrorist attack on May 22, 2017, claimed 22 lives and injured hundreds more people. Suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a device in a backpack at 10.31pm as concert-goers were leaving an Ariana Grande gig at the venue. Sign up to the free MEN email newsletter Get the latest updates from across Greater Manchester direct to your inbox with the free MEN newsletter You can sign up very simply by following the instructions here Abedi's brother, Hashem Abedi, is serving a minimum of 55 years behind bars for his role in helping his sibling prepare for the attack. The Manchester Evening News will be providing live updates below. Damon Wilkinson John Cooper QC says security services have already admitted what some might consider 'grave, grave breaches of their duty' John Cooper QC, representing one group of bereaved families, tells the chairman the families have trust in him and the inquiry legal team. "Everyone has to understand I have to act in accordance with the law," said Sir John. The QC said there were concerns amongst all families that they wanted to encourage 'open disclosure as far as we can have it'. "It is already clear... that the performance of security services was some might say poor and for us to be on their submissions to be criticised or challenged to perform our duties on confidentiality is somewhat ironic," said Mr Cooper. He expressed surprise that the security services who had already admitted some failures 'should be criticising us'. The QC said they had already admitted what some might consider 'grave grave breaches of their duty in both following and apprehending Salman Abedi and others. The admissions so far of the security services were 'staggering'. He pointed out MI5 would have their legal representative present during the closed hearing. "Why are they there to ask questions? Surely counsel to the inquiry can do that for them," he said. He said 'staggeringly' MI5 had disclosed it had first come across Salman Abedi in December 2010. No detail had been supplied about the 'trace request' that was asked for at that time. The QC said there had been 'no disclosure' from the security services to the families for more than a year. He characterised MI5 as a 'damaged party' which he argued meant there should be 'extra special representation' for the families in the closed hearings. In July 2014 Salman Abedi was clearly known to the security services but what was known by the security services at the time was 'still opaque'. He said it was 'blatantly obvious' Abdalraouf Abdalah was a contact of Salman Abedi but that the families were concerned that the security services had not acknowledged it. "It's clear from the material... that there was significant contact between Salman Abedi and Abdalah," said the QC. He pointed out there were 14 witnesses being called during the closed session and that the families are refused access to any details about them. 10:21 The barristers are discussing access to confidential material The families had argued for a 'confidentiality ring' where their lawyers could have some limited access to restricted material or family members could even be present during the closed hearing, said Mr Greaney. The QC said that would be unlawful and if it were permitted it would be subject to legal challenge anyway. He said allowing this would defeat the object of having closed hearings. The barrister turns to an application by the families for the appointment of a team of special advocates. Cathryn McGahey QC, for the Home Office, appearing via videolink argues the chairman does not have the power to appoint special advocates. Mr Greaney pointed to a previous ruling which he argued showed the chairman did have the power to appoint special advocates but only in 'exceptional circumstances'. The QC referenced a High Court ruling in 2018 which decided it was permissible for the attorney general to appoint a special advocate concerning public interest immunity hearings but it had to be a 'last resort'. Mr Greaney says Parliament intended for it to be possible for special advocates to be appointed in rare circumstances. The QC quoted an argument on behalf of the families that special advocates can 'use their skill in and experience accrued on many similar exercises to arrive at compromises and develop arguments that achieve safe and lawful disclosure that had been thought impossible at the start of the process'. He agreed with the summary. But he argued that there were no 'exceptional circumstances'. He said special advocates, if appointed, would be able to take instructions from families before seeing material but then would no longer be able to have further contact with the families or their lawyers. 09:57

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John Cooper has made 2 investments. Their latest investment was in Adfone as part of their Seed on May 5, 2020.

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5/7/2020

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Adfone

$7.5M

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9/14/2018

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$99M

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5/7/2020

9/14/2018

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Seed

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Adfone

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$7.5M

$99M

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