Monday, February 18, 2008

Man Accused of Training Hijackers Exonerated

One of our Troofer commenters asked us to cover this story:

Six years of fighting for justice left Lotfi Raissi an emotional and physical wreck and his marriage close to ruin. But yesterday, the Algerian pilot falsely accused of training the September 11 terrorists heard, finally, that he was “completely exonerated” of any part in the attacks on the twin towers.

The case does seem to have been badly bungled:

One by one, over the course of ten court hearings, Mr Raissi’s solicitor proved that the allegations and the evidence to support them were false, if not fabricated.

The accurate flight log was produced and the flying instructor who testified that Mr Raissi and Hanjour had indeed hired the same plane, but at different times. The man in the video was shown to be Mr Raissi’s cousin. It took time, but the address book was clearly shown not to have belonged to Abu Doha.

Of course, it is hard for me to see how this proves anything that the 9-11 Crackpots claim, other than in that intellectually lazy, "if they'd lie about Raissi, why couldn't they be lying about Osama," fashion that we've heard many times before.