"I would like to thank all the people who stood by my side and defended my position in every way. It gave me the power to stand firm and refuse to give up."

 

On his release on bail in October 2003

 

"I came to Spain mainly to clear up those accusations. I did not expect at all to be officially accused and imprisoned, which I consider was very humiliating and intimidating not only for me but for the millions of Aljazeera viewers."

 

"If I am found guilty, then I would be paying simply for doing my job."

 

"I believe that if I am judged fairly [people will see] that the charges ... are not based on credible evidence. I, like many people, believe in my innocence and eventually they will have to let me go."

 

On receiving his peace prize in December 2003

 

"Americans and Europeans who have interviewed Bin Ladin ... when they returned to their countries were given tributes, prizes. When I returned to my country, which is Spain, I found myself caught up in this legal case."