The greatest injustice? How a Briton was framed for murder by the Medellin cartel

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 by Clive Stafford Smith, Reprieve Co-founder

 

 

 

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Of all the cases I’ve been involved in over forty years, Kris Maharaj’s is perhaps the greatest injustice.

He was accused of a double homicide at the Dupont Plaza Hotel in downtown Miami. Yes, if you’d heard the evidence at trial, you may have thought he was guilty.

“Perhaps the most shocking thing for anyone to understand is how the United States Supreme Court can say that whether you’re innocent of a crime is not legally relevant under the US Constitution to whether you should stay in prison for the rest of your life for that crime.”

But over the years – and he’s spent 33 years on death row and in prison – we’ve gradually unpicked the entire prosecution case – we proved that it’s all nonsense and we proved that the lead detective committed perjury.

But it’s gone so far beyond that. I went to Medellin in Colombia a couple of times, and we got six members of the Colombian drug cartel to say: “wait a minute, what’s Kris doing on death row? That’s not him [who committed the murder], that was one of our murders”. These people all came and testified in 2014 that Kris was innocent and that the cartel were responsible for the murder.

Perhaps the most shocking thing for anyone to understand is how the United States Supreme Court can say that whether you’re innocent of a crime is not legally relevant under the US Constitution to whether you should stay in prison for the rest of your life for that crime. And that’s what they’ve said in Kris’s case. He is now over 80 years old; his dear wife Marita, who’s stood by him all of these years, is herself coming up on 80.

Although the chances of getting him out diminish with every month that go by, we are never going to give up. 

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