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Krishna Maharaj's Evidentiary Hearing

EDM number 189 in 2017-19, proposed by Peter Bottomley on 17/07/2017.
Categorised under the topics of Administration of justice, North America and Prisons.

That this House recalls parliamentary support over 20 years for Florida and the US' reviews of the 1987 murder convictions and sentencing of British citizen Krishna Maharaj, born on 26 January 1939, including asking for the overturning of the initial death sentence, for an appeal on the grounds of innocence and defects in the investigation, of ineffective defence representation and of significant concerns in the prosecution, including critical non-disclosures and of questions about the conduct of the original judges; welcomes the recent Federal Appeal Court order for a full evidential hearing by the Federal Court in the state of Florida; notes the helpful initiative by hon. Members and Members of the House of Lords for the Amicus Brief in support of Reprieve and its director Clive Stafford-Smith who are making the case for the issue of innocence to be sufficient reason for Krishna Maharaj to be released after 30 years of imprisonment; and trusts that the evidence and arguments for innocence will now be considered effectively and fairly.

This motion has been signed by a total of 4 MPs.

Peter Bottomley17/07/2017Worthing WestConservativeProposed
Jim Shannon18/07/2017StrangfordDUPSeconded
Vincent Cable19/07/2017TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSeconded
Harriet Harman20/07/2017Camberwell and PeckhamLabourSeconded

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