source: The Independent
published: 18 September 2014
Krishna “Kris” Maharaj was a self-made millionaire, collected Rolls-Royces and was one of Britain’s biggest racehorse owners. Then he was convicted of a double murder he has always insisted he did not commit.
When he appears before a Florida judge this autumn, it will be the Briton’s best chance in almost 30 years to clear his name. At the climax of his 1987 trial, the Trinidad-born entrepreneur was sentenced to death for the double murder of his business partner Derrick Moo Young and Young’s son in a Miami hotel room.
Yet at an evidentiary hearing scheduled for the week of 10 November, lawyers for the 75-year-old will present compelling evidence that Mr Maharaj was framed. And in a plot that sounds plucked from the pages of an airport thriller novel, they intend to argue that the Youngs were killed by Colombian hitmen working for Pablo Escobar, the infamous boss of the Medellin drug cartel.