In total, the terrorist received about $18,000 in financial aid that was bankrolled by the taxpayers of England.
Following the May 22nd atrocity, questions arose as to how the jobless Abedi had the funds for the materials used to make a sophisticated bomb, several house and property rentals, and multiple trips to Libya.
As it turns out, Abedi was granted roughly $9,000 from the taxpayer-funded Student Loans Company after enrolling in a business administration course at Salford University in October 2015. Subsequently, the terrorist was given another $9,000 for the 2016 academic year, even though he had already dropped out by then.
Both the Student Loans Company and Salford University declined to comment specifically on the situation. However, a Student Loans Company spokesman did say the following: “It is for universities to inform the Student Loans Company when students withdraw or suspend their studies, at which point funding stops.”
The British government has admitted in the past that it has no idea how many terrorists could be using benefits and student loans funded by taxpayers to bankroll their criminal activities. At the end of 2016, two men were convicted of funneling thousands of dollars of phony housing benefits to the Islamist jihadists behind the Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks.
David Videcette, a former London police detective who has experience with terror investigation, said this of the student loans’ system: “It is an easy way for a terrorist to move forward and finance their activities at the expense of the taxpayer. All you have got to do is get yourself into university and then off you go. Often they have go no intention of turning up.”
Abedi, who was unemployed, made frequent trips to Libya where he is thought to have been taught to make bombs at a terrorist training camp. The jihadist also had to purchase expensive materials required for the explosive device. In addition to the house he was renting, Abedi used cash to rent a second property six weeks before the bombing and a third property in Manchester from where he left to conduct the terror attack.
Author: Mike Brown
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