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£53m raid suspect to face Morocco grilling

PUBLISHED: 11:17 09 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:55 25 August 2010

PROBE: Kick boxer Lee Murray.

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A CAGE boxer wanted in connection with one of Britain s biggest cash robberies is being investigated by the Moroccan authorities after an extradition bid failed. Moroccan police have been questioning Lee Murray, formerly from Sidcup, in connection with t

A CAGE boxer wanted in connection with one of Britain's biggest cash robberies is being investigated by the Moroccan authorities after an extradition bid failed.

Moroccan police have been questioning Lee Murray, formerly from Sidcup, in connection with the £53million raid on the Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent.

Kent police failed in a bid to extradite Mr Murray, who has joint British and Moroccan nationality, after a court ruled on June 24 that he was Moroccan.

But on Kent police's request, Moroccan police are now investigating his alleged part in the robbery on February 21, 2006.

It is understood that he was still in custody at the time of going to press.

If Mr Murray was sent back to the UK, he would have to stand trial at the Old Bailey for his alleged part in the robbery.

He was arrested in Morocco in June 2006, four months after the raid.

Staff from the British consulate in Morocco were helping him but will no longer be able to now he has been deemed to be Moroccan.

During the raid, Securitas depot manager Colin Dixon and his family were kidnapped at gunpoint by a gang posing as police officers.

Five accused convicted at the Old Bailey in January last year were found guilty of kidnap, robbery and firearms charges after a seven-month trial.

Stuart Royle, Jetmir Bucpapa, Lea Rusha and Roger Coutts were given indeterminate sentences and ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years. Emir Hysenaj was given a 20-year sentence.

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