Terror suspect wins freedom bid

A Moroccan accused of being linked to an al-Qaida cell and the September 11 terrorist attacks on America won a High Court bid for freedom in England today.

Lawyers for Farid Hilali, who has been in custody in British jails for over two-and-a-half years, were granted a writ of habeas corpus to obtain his release.

The 36-year-old is held at Whitemoor prison, Cambridgeshire, awaiting extradition to Spain on charges of conspiracy to murder.

The charges are based on accusations that he was party to a conspiracy in Spain linked to and supportive of the 9/11 outrage.

Lady Justice Smith and Mr Justice Irwin ruled at London’s High Court today that his detention under a European arrest warrant had become arbitrary and unjustifed.

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