9/11 Accused Pilot's Brother Wins Damages; but Wife Has Similar Claim Rejected

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Byline: By Cathy Gordon

THE brother of a pilot falsely accused of involvement in the September 11 terror attacks yesterday won a High Court damages action against the Metropolitan Police.

But the wife of Algerian Lotfi Raissi - who was the first person accused of participating in the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon - had a similar claim rejected.

Sonia Raissi and Mohamed Raissi were each seeking damages in excess of pounds 150,000 in the action.

Mr Justice McCombe yesterday dismissed Mrs Raissi's claim, but in the case of Mohamed Raissi announced that "there will be judgment in his favour for damages to be assessed".

Both Mrs Raissi, 31, of Chiswick, west London, and her brother-in-law, of Heston, Hounslow, Middlesex, said their arrests by antiterrorist police on September 21, 2001, were "unlawful" and that they were falsely imprisoned.

Lotfi Raissi was arrested 10 days after September 11 following an extradition request from the United States. He and his wife were living at Colnbrook, Berkshire, at the time. He was eventually released in February 2002 and a judge ruled that there was "no evidence" to suggest he was connected to 9/11 or any form of terrorism. …


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