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Ghislaine Maxwell’s brother has defended the convicted sex trafficker’s “clear conscience” and claims she “would never have been found guilty in a civilized country” prior to her conviction.
Ian Maxwell says his 60-year-old sister has been wronged by the US justice system and will spend decades behind bars on “baseless charges”.
Writing in the Telegraphthe businessman also complained that the British socialite had not fled to France before being taken into custody by US authorities following their investigation into her relationship with pedophile Jeffery Epstein.
France has no extradition treaty with the US, meaning she could “now cool her heels in the Mediterranean” instead of languishing in New York’s Metropolitan Detention Center, he wrote.
The 66-year-old said he believes his sister decided to stay because she has a “clear conscience.”
Ian Maxwell, pictured here in an interview last November, says he still believes his sister is innocent
Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted of five federal sex trafficking charges related to her role in recruiting and caring for teenage girls for Jeffrey Epstein (pictured above with her)
He wrote: ‘I believe her when she says she has committed no crime and, apart from the fact that I believe her because I know her so well, the fact that she stays convinces me even more.’
Ghislaine faces 55 years in prison after being convicted of five federal sex trafficking charges related to her role in recruiting and caring for teenage girls to be sexually abused by Epstein, who took his own life while in prison in 2019.
Some of her victims will face court in New York on Tuesday, while several have also written emotional victim statements that will be read at the hearing.
Mr Maxwell said his sister had been the victim of “baseless allegations” and that her family “will make every effort to appeal her sentence”.
He wrote: ‘I feel great sympathy for any girls or women who have actually been abused, but their abuse does not automatically entitle them to be believed when they make baseless accusations, especially when those accusations are rewarded immensely financially. That’s what happened to my sister.’
Some of Ghislaine Maxwell’s victims will appear in court this week to see when she faces 55 years in prison for child sex trafficking
He added: ‘I know that Ghislaine is innocent and that she would not have been found guilty in any civilized country. We will never stop fighting for justice to secure her release.”
Ghislaine is currently being held in the general population area of New York’s infamous Metropolitan Detention Center, where an inmate recently threatened to kill her.
A source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘A woman openly boasted that she was going to kill Ghislaine for $1 million.
“There are violent thugs who would do it just for the fame of killing a high-profile inmate, but others think they will receive money if they kill her. They have been told that there is a bounty on her head.
“Three inmates have reported the threats and the woman who made the threats has been transferred to a special unit.
“Ghislaine sleeps with one eye open.”
“The Bureau of Prisons couldn’t keep Epstein safe. They are severely understaffed. Ghislaine is in a unit with 40 other women, many from violent gangs. She’s constantly looking over her shoulder,” the source said.
Although Ghislaine could face up to 55 years in prison, she hopes to receive a sentence of less than 15 years because she could serve her time in a less secure prison.
“Anything over 15 years old means a federal maximum security prison and because of her age, this will effectively be a life sentence,” the source said.
Ghislaine faces up to 55 years in prison after being convicted of human trafficking crimes in a New York court in December
Whatever the verdict, her legal team will immediately appeal. While she has the right to deliver a one-minute speech in court, sources believe she’s unlikely to do so as any comment could be used against her later.
In the preliminary sentencing of court documents filed last week, prosecutors condemned her “utter lack of remorse” and urged the judge to impose a sentence of between 30 and 55 years.
Ghislaine will apply to serve her UK prison sentence to be closer to her family in Oxfordshire, but she will not be eligible for such a move until she has spent at least three years in a US prison.
“Ghislaine has maintained her innocence from the start,” the source said. “Whatever happens on Tuesday, she will persevere in her innocence to the end.”