Aamir, Asif & Butt get charged by British prosecuters

ishwaq

Minister (2k+ posts)
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LONDON: British prosecutors on Friday charged three Pakistan cricketers with taking bribes to fix incidents in an international match in England last year.

Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir are accused of fixing certain incidents, such as the bowling of no-balls at pre-agreed times, during the fourth test at Lord's last August.

Britain's Crown Prosecution Service said the trio, along with a fourth man, sporting agent Mazhar Majeed, had been charged with conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments and with conspiracy to cheat.

"These charges relate to allegations that Mr Majeed accepted money from a third party to arrange for the players to bowl `no balls' on 26 and 27 August 2010, during Pakistan's Fourth Test at Lord's Cricket Ground in London," said Simon Clements, head of the CPS Special Crime Division.

He said Majeed had been ordered to appear at London's City of Westminster Magistrates Court on March 17.

"Summonses for the same court date have been issued for the three players and they have been asked to return to this country voluntarily, as they agreed to do in September last year," Clements said.

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"Their extradition will be sought should they fail to return," he added.


 
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ishwaq

Minister (2k+ posts)
why British prosecute charge them one day before ICC to announce their fate.
 
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sayeenwada

Councller (250+ posts)
Ban and Lock them up if they are guilty!!

PC (monkey) B should be fired and when the new PCB chief is installed there should be a training center where these street cricketers are worked with in every respect to bring them up-to- date in all the requirements of the game as well as how manage themselves.
 

Bilal_Mushi

Minister (2k+ posts)
I don't know about Butt and Aamir..........its high time that Asif (both cricketer and the president) face the music.......... enough is enough.
 

rajakhanmd

Senator (1k+ posts)
What the heck?

I don't know about the laws etc. but this is stupidity. Why on earth do they have to do this when the ICC was already probing this issue and is on the verge of making an decision?

I don't support anyone who sells their national pride but this action is beyond my understanding. There should be a very strong reaction from the Pakistan.
 

IndiaGuy

Senator (1k+ posts)
Pakistan cricketers face life ban

Pakistan cricketers face life ban
4 Feb 2011, 1715 hrs IST, AGENCIES
The tainted Pakistan trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir will face a trial after they were charged with conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments by the UK prosecution service in the spot-fixing scandal that rocked world cricket last year. The three cricketers, who have been suspended since September last by International Cricket Council, were on Friday (February 4) issued summons by Britain's Crown Prosecution Service to a first hearing at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on March 17.

Bookmaker Mazhar Majeed, who made the revelation in a 'News of the World' sting operation that the three players took money to bowl deliberate no-balls during the Lord's Test between Pakistan and England in August last year, was also charged with the same offences. This comes after the three players and Majeed were interrogated by London Metropolitan Police. Majeed was arrested but later released. A third fast bowler, Wahab Riaz, was also interrogated. We have decided that Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif, Salman Butt and their agent, Mazhar Majeed, should be charged with conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments and also conspiracy to cheat," Simon Clements, head of the CPS Special Crime Division, said.

These charges relate to allegations that Majeed accepted money from a third party to arrange for the players to bowl 'no balls' on 26 and 27 August 2010, during Pakistan's fourth Test at Lord's Cricket Ground in London. I would remind everyone that these men are entitled to a fair trial and should be regarded as innocent of these charges unless it is proven otherwise in court. ICC tribunal is due to announce its decision tomorrow, but criminal proceedings are active now. It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice the trial," he said. The framing of the charges came just a day before an International Cricket Council tribunal announces its conclusions on the case in Doha tomorrow. The tribunal interrogated the players over 45 hours in Doha last month.

Clements said his organisation, which was responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by British police, believed it had sufficient evident to convict the players and they could be subject to extradition proceedings if they do not return to Britain next month. "Majeed has been summonsed to appear for a first hearing at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on 17 March. Summonses for the same court date have been issued for the three players and they have been asked to return to this country voluntarily, as they agreed to do in September last year. Their extradition will be sought should they fail to return," Clements said.

"The Crown Prosecution Service has been working closely with the Metropolitan Police Service since the allegations of match-fixing became public on 29 August 2010. We received a full file of evidence on 7 December 2010 and we are satisfied there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute," he said. The players have been suspended by ICC from all forms of cricket since September 3 after the British tabloid alleged they bowled no-balls at prearranged times during the fourth Test at Lord's to fix spot-betting markets. The trio was alleged to have obtained 150,000 pounds (USD 241,000) through Majeed who was believed to have accepted 50,000 pound to set up the deal.

source:
http://www.timesnow.tv/Pakistan-cricketers-face-life-ban/articleshow/4364443.cms
 

Doorandesh

Councller (250+ posts)
Unfortunately for these guys, corruption is not taken lightly in developed countries as opposed to subcontinent where it is a norm. However, they are innocent until proven guilty. Let the courts decide their fortunes.
 

A.Ali.T

Minister (2k+ posts)
why British prosecute charge them one day before ICC to announce their fate.

They have only been charged, they have not been convicted. This trial will go on for sometime. Actually I don't care much about Butt and Asif, however, I feel sorry for Amir. I think PCB should have some mentor program for these new players, who have never seen so much money and fame before.
 
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