Man wrongfully accused as terrorist seeks €1.8m

Farid Hilali was jailed in Britain on a warrant issued by Spain in 2004

Farid Hilali in custody in Spain in 2008 (Photo: EFE)

A MAN who was wrongly accused of being an Al-Qaeda member is claiming €1.8 million in compensation from Spain and the UK. Moroccan citizen Farid Hilali was jailed in Britain on the instructions of an international arrest warrant issued by Spain in 2004.

The document falsely accused him of being a member of the terrorist group and of having passed messages to the leader of a Spanish logistics cell about the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. The case was finally dropped in 2012 after Spain’s High Court admitted there was no evidence in existence which linked him to Al-Qaeda.

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