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TIMELINE - The case of Lotfi Raissi

LONDON (Reuters) - Algerian pilot Lotfi Raissi, who spent five months in jail wrongly accused of training Sept. 11 hijackers, has won the right to claim compensation from the British government.

Here is a timeline of events in the case:

September 2001 - Three hijacked planes crash into major U.S. landmarks, destroying New York’s twin World Trade Center towers and plunging into the Pentagon. A fourth hijacked plane crashes in Pennsylvania. In all, 2,992 people are killed.

-- Lotfi Raissi, a British-based Algerian who studied at a flight school in Arizona, is arrested in London 10 days after the attacks and held at a high-security prison.

Feb 2002 - Raissi is freed on 10,000 pounds bail after a British judge says U.S. officials had failed to present any evidence to back up accusations that he had links to terrorism.

April 2002 - A court dismisses the last remaining charges against Raissi.

Sept 2003 - He files $10 million (5 million pound) claims against both the FBI and U.S. Justice Department for ruining his life after his five-month incarceration. Washington had accused him of training some of the 9/11 hijackers.

Oct 2003 - Raissi wins a public apology and undisclosed damages at London’s High Court. He also wins his case against Associated Newspapers, publishers of the Mail on Sunday, which carried the allegations he was involved in the attacks.

Feb 2007 - A High Court judge rules that Raissi, who lives in west London, is not eligible for compensation from the government that is provided for victims of miscarriages of justice.

Nov 2007 - His wife Sonia fails to win compensation from London police. She had sought damages of more than 150,000 pounds, claiming that she was unlawfully arrested and falsely imprisoned after 9/11.

Feb 2008 - The Appeal Court overturns the February 2007 High Court decision and rules he does have the right to claim compensation from the government.

Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit

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