I'm going to change the text on our 'Free Lee Murray' shirts to 'Freed Lee Murray' in the immediate future. This morning I received a phone call and an email from the same source who enabled MiddleEasy to obtain an unprecedented interview with Lee Murray earlier this year.
According to my source, Lee Murray will be released from his Moroccan jail due to the actions of a forensics officer that worked on his case. Recently, this unnamed Kent officer was disciplined for disposing evidence in another case which forced police to inform Lee Murray's lawyers of the mishap. This will lead to a retrial which, what I'm told, will result in a 'very definite' chance that Lee Murray will be released from his prison in Morocco. It's also important to note that if a retrial is granted to any of the five men that were jailed in 2007, Lee Murray will be released.
I've also been told that the primary thing Lee Murray wants to do after being released is to return to his MMA career. Apparently Murray is in the same shape that he was in when he submitted Jorge Rivera with a triangle a few years ago. From what I've heard, competing in MMA is the only thing on Lee Murray's mind and he's even been offered to be featured on a main event in two separate MMA organizations pending his release. Lee Murray's anticipated release date is sometime at the end of 2011.
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The UK's Mirror prpvides further details.
Robbers convicted of Britain’s biggest cash heist could win a retrial after a forensics officer on the case was found guilty of destroying evidence.
The officer who collected the masks the gang used in the £53million Securitas robbery in 2006 has been disciplined for accidentally disposing of evidence in another case.
The officer’s actions left Kent Police with no choice but to tell the lawyers of the gang jailed for the record-breaking heist about what she had done.
Police chiefs are now bracing themselves for a legal fight that could see the gang winning a retrial.
Their legal teams are expected to argue that as the officer disposed of exhibits in one case, she could have done the same during their clients’ investigation – although there is no evidence that this happened.
Five men were jailed in the UK and another, cagefighter Lee Murray, in Morocco for the audacious robbery at a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent.
A police source said: “The thought that these men could get their convictions quashed because of the actions of one officer is too horrendous to contemplate.
“This whole affair is a massive embarrassment.”
Police recovered £21million but the rest of the cash, along with gang member Sean Lupton and several others, slipped through their fingers.
Derek Parker, Lee Murray’s British lawyer, confirmed he had received the letter from Kent Police. He said: “This has implications for all of those serving sentences for the robbery.
“We are seeking guidance from counsel on this.”
Stuart Royle, Jetmir Bucpapa, Roger Coutts and Lea Rusha were all jailed for life in 2008 while Emir Hysenaj got 20 years. In June 2010 Murray was jailed in Morocco – where he claimed citizenship – for 25 years.
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