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UK Asks For Mercy, Governor Denys Clemency for British Citizen

June 5th, 2008 by flanews

Thursday a member of the British Parliament begged the State Clemency Board to release a UK citizen from a Florida prison. Krishna Maharaj was convicted of a double murder in Miami in 1986. As Whitney Ray tells us, some members of the British Government believe Maharaj was framed.

Hear it Here: UK Asks For Mercy, Governor Denys Clemency for British Citizen

British citizen Krishna Maharaj is serving a life sentence in a Florida Prison. Maharaj was convicted of a double murder in Miami. His case has drawn worldwide attention. Parliament member Peter Bottomley traveled 4,000 miles to plea Maharajs case.

When theres a significant doubt of the fairness of a convictions or the process that led to it or evidence that was not frankly considered, people should be prepared to travel to do that, said Bottomley.

Maharajs attorney begged Governor Charlie Crist and the state Clemency Board to commute his sentence. They say Maharaj was in Ft. Lauderdale at the time of the murders and a man named Hynie Mayjar could have committed the crimes.

Mayjar was in the room opposite the room where the murders occurred. There was blood on the door of his room, said Paul Lomas, Maharajs Attorney.

The victims family wept as they recounted the crime. Governor Crist sided with the family.

I will deny the application of commute of sentence, said Crist.

Crist said the decision to deny Maharajs request was easy.

There were a lot of high profile people from England who apparently had taken an interest in that case, but that shouldnt be an influencing factor and it wasnt today, said Crist.

Maharajs supporters said theyll keep trying to get their countryman out of jail and back home to the UK.

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