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Person Wrongly Jailed After 9/11 Wants to Single Out UK, Spain Over Injustice

© AP Photo / Marty LederhandlerIn this Sept. 11, 2001, file photo, the twin towers of the World Trade Center burn behind the Empire State Building in New York.
In this Sept. 11, 2001, file photo, the twin towers of the World Trade Center burn behind the Empire State Building in New York. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Farid Hilali, a Moroccan national who spent about five years in prison over his suspected involvement in the 9/11 attacks in the United States, said Monday that he would put London and Spain "on the spot" over his wrongful arrest and subsequent incarceration.

"I want to put Spain and the UK on the spot. I was accused of killing nearly 3,000 Americans and both sides knew there was no evidence," Hilali told The Guardian, adding that he was seeking about 1.8 million euros ($2.22 million) in compensation for his unjust incarceration.

The former detainee said that the two countries had violated his rights, and explained this claim by pointing out that Spain had provided the United Kingdom with false evidence and London ruled to use the telephone intercepts even after they had been recognized as inadmissible as a justification for the arrest.

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According to Hilali, he will lodge a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights if his compensation claims are rejected.

Fire and smoke billows from the north tower of New York's World Trade Center after terrorists crashed two hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center and brought down the twin 110-story towers. (File) - Sputnik International
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The newspaper said that the Spanish Justice Ministry was expecting a report from the nation’s State Council advisory body in order to make a decision on potential compensation.

In 2004, Hilali was detained by the UK authorities on the grounds of a European arrest warrant (EAW) issued by Spain because of his suspected membership in the al-Qaeda* terrorist group. According to the warrant, Hilali had informed other members of the group about the deadly attacks. The man was released in 2009 and his case dropped in 2012 when a court in Spain admitted the "inexistence of any kind of evidence" that could prove Halili's ties to al-Qaeda.

*al-Qaeda is a terrorist group banned in Russia
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