Flight Instructor Denied Compensation For 9/11 Arrest
A flight instructor who was held in a British prison without bail for five months awaiting extradition to the U.S. on suspicion that he had trained some 9/11 hijackers doesn't qualify for compensation, a British court has ruled. The court said that since the U.S. eventually abandoned its case against Lofti Raissi, he was never "exonerated," and thus the case can't qualify as a "miscarriage of justice." Raissi has said that he and his family were "traumatized" by his time in prison, and he has abandoned his ambition to become an airline pilot. Raissi's lawyer says there was "not a shred of evidence" to support the accusations against his client. "The court's decision allows the home secretary to ignore the part played by those public bodies in ruining my life," Raissi told the BBC News. "I have no choice but to keep my faith in British justice and pray that it won't be too much longer in coming. The reality is that because of my profile of being Algerian, Muslim, Arabic and an airline pilot, I suffered this miscarriage of justice."