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Moroccan to file lawsuit against Spain and Britain over false terrorism charges

Flag of Morocco [File photo]
Flag of Morocco [File photo]

A Moroccan citizen is going to file a lawsuit against Spain and Britain alleging that they falsely accused him of belonging to an Al-Qaeda terrorist group and causing the death of 3,000 people.

Farid Hilali, 49, began proceedings to sue the two governments for €1.8 million in damages after being charged with transmitting messages to an Al-Qaeda cell leader in connection with the New York attacks in 2001. He claimed that he was tortured during interrogation by British intelligence officers following his arrest in the UAE.

Hilali is currently living in Barcelona with his wife. He spent three years in a British prison and a year behind bars in Spain before all charges were dropped in 2012.