The pilot falsely accused of training the hijackers responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks has won his almost decade-long miscarriage of justice battle. Lotfi Raissi, an Algerian living in Britain who lost his career as an airline pilot, suffered wrongful imprisonment and damage to his health, will now be eligible for up to £2m compensation.
Pilot Lotfi Raissi
Today he described the last nine years as "hell" but said he was delighted with the decision by Jack Straw, the justice secretary. "I have suffered such a great injustice, I'm grateful for this verdict. They took almost 10 years of my life and now I'm starting to breathe again." ... MORE:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/apr/23/airline-pilot-cleared-9-11-lotfi-raissi ......... A judge threw the case out in 2002 and said there was no evidence against him. Since then, Raissi has sought an apology. In 2008, in a judgment that exonerated him, three court of appeal judges condemned the Met and the CPS for abusing the court process, presenting false allegations and not disclosing evidence.
Today, a Ministry of Justice spokesman said: "After careful consideration of all the relevant material available to him, the justice secretary, Jack Straw, has notified Mr Raissi that he is eligible for eligible for compensation." http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/apr/23/airline-pilot-cleared-9-11-lotfi-raissi
Picture: 9/11 .... Airline pilot Lotfi Raissi outside the high court in 2008 ...... http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2010/4/23/1272046803210/Lotfi-Raissi-001.jpg
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