LONDON (AP) -- Extradition proceedings against Algerian pilot Lotfi Raissi -- once described by U.S. authorities as a trainer for the Sept. 11 hijackers -- were dropped Wednesday after a judge ruled there was insufficient evidence he was linked to terrorism or had committed any crime.
Judge Timothy Workman turned down a U.S. request seeking Raissi's extradition on lesser charges of lying to the Federal Aviation Authority when he filled out a form seeking to extend his pilot's license in April 2001.
Workman also said during the daylong hearing at Bow Street Magistrate's Court in London that U.S. authorities had provided no evidence Raissi was linked to terrorism.
"He has appeared before me on several occasions where allegations of involvement with terrorism were made," Workman told the court. "I would like to make it clear that I have received and the court has received no evidence to support such a contention."
No further extradition proceedings were planned against Raissi, who has been free on bail since February. The terrorism case is the first outside of the United States to fall apart since Sept. 11.
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