Halima Aziz was suspended from work by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) following the offhand remark weeks after the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.
The case has dragged on over the last seven years, but on Friday the CPS, the official prosecuting body in England and Wales, said it had offered a full apology."
The CPS also agreed to pay her 600,000 pounds in compensation, according to documents cited by Channel Four News on its Friday evening television bulletin.
Aziz made the disputed comment in October 2001, after a court guard in Bradford questioned whether she was a security threat. "I'm a friend of bin Laden's," she joked.
Following her suspension she took the case to an employment tribunal alleging racial discrimination -- that she would not have been treated similarly if she had been white -- and won the case in 2002.
The CPS appealed and the ruling was overturned in 2005 -- but a Court of Appeal decision the following year restored the 2002 verdict backing the lawyer.
Source: AFP (English)