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Terrorism: USA

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Solicitor-General (1) when Law Officers were informed by the Crown Prosecution Service that there was no or insufficient evidence to maintain a prosecution against Lotfi Raissi with regard to the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington DC on 11 September 2001; (304137)

(2) when Law Officers and officials of the Law Officer's Departments discussed with representatives of the security services, the police, the Crown Prosecution Service or the US Federal Bureau of Investigation progress in the criminal investigation into the alleged activities of Lotfi Raissi with regard to the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington DC on 11 September 2001;

(3) when Law Officers and officials of the Law Officer's Departments were informed of the contents of the Crown Prosecution Service report on its conduct of the case relating to the alleged involvement of Lotfi Raissi in the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington DC on 11 September 2001;

I will answer the three questions together. Due to the passage of time which has elapsed since the events in question, it has not been possible to establish when communications passed between the CPS and the Law Officers, or their officials, about the case of Lotfi Raissi in 2001-02. Given the high profile and sensitive nature of the case, the Law Officers would have been kept informed and told promptly of any significant developments. The Law Officers were informed in September 2008 of the contents of the CPS report.