It sounds like the plot of a thriller: a multi-millionaire British socialite whose horses raced against the Queen’s is framed for the brutal killings of a father and son – deaths that were, in reality, professional hits ordered and perpetrated by Colombian drug cartels.
Now, 27 years after Krishna Maharaj was arrested and jailed in Florida, his lawyers have unearthed sensational new evidence that confirms the story is true.
Revealed today by The Mail on Sunday, the evidence – statements from key cartel members who had direct knowledge of the killings – will be presented next month in a Miami court by Maharaj’s lawyers, led by Clive Stafford Smith, of human rights charity Reprieve.
Kris Maharaj, pictured in court in Miami in 1997, was framed for a double murder by corrupt detectives, according to new documents filed in court
Kris's wife Marita, pictured right in Miami with lawyer Clive Stafford Smith, has stood by her husband since his arrest
They include sworn evidence from ‘El Asistente’, an enforcer for the infamous Pablo Escobar, whose murderous reign as the Medellin cartel’s chief drug lord ended in a shootout with Colombian police in 1993.
El Asistente, whose statement describes crucial details of the murders, says: ‘I am giving this [statement] because I have reconnected with my religious faith. The idea that Krishna Maharaj has served more than a quarter-century in prison for a crime I know he did not commit appals me. I want to set the record straight and ensure he gets justice.’