The newest chapter in the life story that reads like a Guy Ritchie movie has Lee Murray, UFC veteran and man accused of masterminding the largest cash robbery in the history of the planet, walking out of a Moroccan prison, a free man.
The shocking decision was rendered after British authorities were cut down in attempts to extradite Murray for prosecution only to be told that the accused criminal is a resident of North Africa.
The news comes courtesy of a recent report from Shaun Assael from ESPN The Magazine.
Murray is accused of being the driving force behind a cash warehouse robbery that took place on February 22, 2006. $92 million dollars in cash was stolen during the heist making it the largest cash robbery of all time.
Seven masked men were reported to carry out the robbery, loading the cash into three waiting trucks after abducting the bank manager. Much of the cash was eventually recovered but a reported $40 million is still unaccounted for.
Murray escaped to Morocco following the heist to avoid prosecution for the crime, claiming citizenship because of the fact that it was his father’s place of birth.
Murray’s attorney Derek Parker claims that the recent release came as a bit of a shock for Murray.
“I spoke to him last night and he didn’t even know that he was going for a hearing on the extradition,” Parker was quoted as saying to ESPN The Magazine. “It was a complete surprise. When he arrived to court, they told him, ‘You’re a Moroccan citizen. You can go.’ ”
Any chance of Lee returning to the UK anytime soon are very slim as prosecution for the crime would surely await him.
“I don’t think he’ll be going back to the UK in our lifetime,” said Parker. “And the U.S. isn’t high on his list of vacation destinations either.”
Murrray became famous overnight in the world of MMA after a scuffle that followed UFC 38 in which it was reported that the Brit knocked former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz to the floor with a punch during the melee and followed it up with a kick to the face.
He has a career record of 8-2 in MMA, having fought once in the UFC, winning by triangle choke over Jorge Rivera at UFC 46, before dropping a unanimous decision to current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at Cage Rage 8.
“He has every intention of fighting again,” his attorney confirmed while adding that if Murray did make a return to MMA, it would likely have to be in Morocco’s capital city of Rabat.
UPDATE: Multiple reports have confirmed that Murray was recently rearrested in Morocco. It appears as though the British authorities are trying to convince th Moroccan authorities to have Murray tried in Morocco for his crimes since extradition to the UK was today deemed an impossibility.