Algerian pilot accused of 9/11 ties can claim damages

An Algerian airline pilot wrongly accused of training the September 11, 2001 hijackers should be allowed to claim compensation, a British court ruled Wednesday.

The Court of Appeal in London reversed a lower court ruling last February that had barred Lotfi Raissi from seeking damages from the British government for his wrongful arrest and imprisonment.

Raissi said he wept when he heard the new ruling, saying: “I have always said that I believed in British justice and I finally got it today.”

The 33-year-old was arrested 10 days after Islamist extremists hijacked four planes, slamming two into the World Trade Centre in New York, one into the Pentagon in Washington and downed another in Pennsylvania.

He was eventually released in February 2002 and a judge ruled there was “no evidence” to suggest his involvement, completely exonerating him.

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