An Algerian pilot wrongly accused by the United States government of training some of the September 11 hijackers is to sue the FBI and the Department of Justice for $20m his British lawyers announced yesterday. Lotfi Raissi, 29, who spent five months in Belmarsh high security prison following the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, had originally been told by the US that he was likely to be charged with conspiracy to murder and could face the death penalty. However, a British judge refused to extradite him to America on the grounds that there was no evidence against him. Yesterday, his US attorneys issued claims against the FBI and the Department of Justice of $10m each. Mr Raissi’s British lawyer, Jules Carey, said cases were being prepared against the British crown prosecution service and the police. He said: “The police and the CPS are on notice that we will pursue claims against them too, but they are at a preparatory stage at the moment.” Full Story
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