ALGERIA - Feb. 12 - Raissi Freed On Bail.
On Feb. 14, Raissi urged Washington to drop residual holding charges against him, saying his five months of detention without trial had been a "living nightmare". He said: "I am a pilot, an Algerian and a Muslim and proud to be so, but this is not a crime... The law says that a person is innocent until proven guilty. In my case, I feel as though the world perceived me as a guilty man and that I had to try and prove that I was innocent. The ordeal I have been through has changed my life and the life of my family forever and nothing will ever change that... You cannot begin to consider what it is like to have the world's media, along with the government of the United States, believing that you are responsible for the most dreadful act of terrorism the world has ever seen". He said he was "totally sympathetic to the suffering of the American people caused by the appalling tragedy that occurred on 11 September, but I would also like to add that I have become, in turn, a victim of that atrocity".
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|Title Annotation:||Algerian pilot Lotfi Raissi|
|Publication:||APS Diplomat Recorder|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Feb 16, 2002|
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