Friday, February 23, 2007

Lee Murray A Free Man!

Lee Murray is to be free on Monday!

Supreme Court rejects British extradition’s request for alleged heist mastermind Lee Lamrani Ibrahim.

RABAT - The Moroccan Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an extradition request for a man London says masterminded the largest robbery in British history, his lawyer said.

The court ruled that Lee Lamrani Ibrahim Murray is a Moroccan citizen and that the law prevents nationals from being extradited to a country where they are accused of a crime, lawyer Issaoui Benmhili said.

The court has ordered his release from jail, he said.

Murray, who has a Moroccan father, holds dual Moroccan and British citizenship.

British authorities accuse Murray of masterminding the theft of 53 million pounds (77 million euros, 104 million dollars) from a Securitas cash depot in Tonbridge, Kent, southeast England, in February 2006.

The court held a hearing on Britain’s extradition request Wednesday. Murray told the court he wished to stay in Morocco.

On Tuesday, Murray was sentenced in a separate case to serve eight months in a Moroccan jail. He and three other Britons were found guilty of drug use and possession and of assaulting a police officer by the Sale criminal court near Rabat.

In addition to the eight-month sentence, Murray was ordered to pay a 10,000-dirham (900-euro, 1,180-dollar) fine. Because he was arrested on June 25, he will be eligible for release on Monday, his lawyer said.

Murray was known in Britain as the martial arts cage fighter Lee "Lightning" Murray.


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