Briton sentenced to death in eighties bids to clear name

A Briton who has been in prison in the United States since being sentenced to death in the late eighties for a double murder, will this week attempt to force the US government to hand over documents which could clear his name.

Krishna Maharaj sits for an interview in Miami Dade county jail in Miami, Florida, in 2012. Credit: Reuters

Former self-made millionaire Krishna Maharaj, 74, who was once the second biggest racehorse owner in the UK, was convicted in 1987 of the murders of two men, Derrick and Duane Moo Young, in the Dupont Plaza hotel in central Miami.

He spent 15 years on death row before his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in 2002.