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    Crown Prosecution Service (Scotland Yard) Charge Spot Fixing Trio


    The three Pakistan players at the centre of the spot-fixing allegations that rocked the Lord's Test against England last August have been charged by the UK Crown Prosecution Service with conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments, and conspiracy to cheat.

    Salman Butt, the former Test captain, and seamers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir have been accused of conspiring in the bowling of deliberate no-balls on last year's tour of England - claims they all deny.

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    Mazhar Majeed, the players' agent, has also been charged, with a first hearing scheduled for City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on March 17. The CPS confirmed that extradition orders would be sought if the three players fail to appear in court.

    "We have authorised charges of conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments and also conspiracy to cheat against Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif, Salman Butt and Mazhar Majeed," Simon Clements, Head of the CPS Special Crime Division, said.

    "We have decided that Mohammad Amir, 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. 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."

    The CPS confirmed its findings in an announcement shortly after 11 a.m. GMT on Friday, and the trio could be banned for life when an International Cricket Council (ICC) tribunal announces the conclusions of its own investigation in Doha on Saturday. A CPS spokesperson said there was no connection between the two timings.

    "Summonses for the same court date [March 17] 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."

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    In August 2010, Britain's News of the World tabloid conducted a newspaper 'sting operation' which it said proved the Pakistan trio's willingness were involved in the deliberate bowling of no-balls during the Lord's Test against England.

    This, the paper said, was evidence of a spot-betting scam where money can be gambled on specific incidents in a match without the need to 'fix' the result.

    All the Pakistan trio were interviewed by police. So too was Majeed, whom the newspaper alleged accepted 50,000 to set up the deal. Majeed was arrested, and a third fast bowler, Wahab Riaz, was also interviewed under caution.

    While the ICC, which heard evidence from Butt, Asif and Amir during a hearing in Doha last month, has to consider whether its rules were broken and what, if any, punishment should follow if they were, the CPS must decide whether the players have a case to answer under English law.

    Butt, Asif and Amir are all currently provisionally suspended by the ICC.
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    Pakistan trio await decision in Doha

    The ICC is likely to push for maximum sanctions against the three Pakistani players facing spot-fixing charges. Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir will find out on Saturday in Doha, Qatar whether they are innocent or guilty of the charges made against them by the ICC under its anti-corruption code. If found guilty , the trio face punishments ranging between five-year suspensions from cricket to a life ban.

    The players will learn about their fate on Saturday morning when the three-man tribunal headed by Michael Beloff QC hands out the verdicts in the form of a written judgment. The tribunal, which includes Justice Albie Sachs and Sharad Rao, chose to defer a verdict on request of the players and the sheer volume of evidence and information they received during a six-day hearing held in January.

    If the players are found guilty, the written verdict will, however, not include sanctions. The players, their lawyers and the ICC's legal team will then adjourn to review the judgment, because the ICC's code contains specific punishments to be handed out to parties found guilty of disregarding the code. Within a few hours, both sides will then make their submissions as to the severity of the sanctions to be imposed. The tribunal is then expected to adjourn, probably early in the afternoon, to consider these submissions before they make a decision later in the afternoon. Both the verdict and sanctions, if any, are expected to be announced in public at the end of the day.

    "We can't comment on what sanctions would be appropriate, if any," one ICC official told ESPNcricinfo. "We would have to wait until the judgment is delivered." But ESPNcricinfo understands the game's governing body is likely to argue for maximum punishments. The possibility of a further appeal to the international Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) if they believe that the sanctions are too light, has not been ruled out.

    The same route to appeal against any verdict also exists for the three players should they find the sanctions too harsh. Under the ICC's anti-corruption code, all parties have 21 days from the receipt of the judgment to file an appeal with the CAS. The players can appeal against the verdict and the punishment itself and can also challenge a decision based on procedural or jurisdictional reasons.

    "I would say we will take it one step at a time and come to that when and if needed," Shahid Karim, Amir's lawyer, told ESPNcricinfo. "Appealing is an option and a right." Karim has indicated in the past that should Amir be found guilty and punished, he may argue that his age and clean disciplinary record before this case should be taken into account to reduce the sanction.

    A source close to Butt's legal team said, "The right to appeal is there. This is no different to any other case or client Yasin Patel (Salman Butt's lawyer) probably deals with every day of his working life. No doubt, if he feels that then law has not been followed or that the verdict is wrong he will do what any good lawyer would do: appeal."

    There is a suggestion that the players may ask for the judgment to not be made public in full as it could impact on any criminal prosecution that the UK's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is also going ahead with. Karim however said the request to keep judgement within closed doors, "wasn't in contemplation right now."

    A Scotland Yard investigation into the spot-fixing controversy has also been underway at the same time as the ICC's inquiry and tribunal hearing. The CPS has been considering evidence provided by the police on the matter and on Friday, is set to make a decision on whether or not to pursue a separate criminal case.

    Butt had asked the ICC before the Doha hearings began in January for a postponement on the grounds that being under investigation at the same time by the police and the ICC was not entirely fair. The request was turned down by the ICC.

    The players' lawyers have been conscious throughout of the different parameters involved in a court of law and a tribunal such as the ICC's, particularly when it comes to the use of evidence in the matter.
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    hmm i think bus World cup se door hi rakhna chahte hain ICC inko

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    Pak trio charged with 'spot-fixing'
    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.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheem View Post
    hmm i think bus World cup se door hi rakhna chahte hain ICC inko
    World Cup 2011 sey bahar nahi abb anay walay tamaam world cups sey bahir, plus they will be tried in the UK courts as criminals facing 10 years imprisonment.
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    such mein, kiya ilzam sabat ho gaya hai

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    na karo yaar itni zada saza

    tu agar yeh UK se bahir hoye tu b jail jaeinge?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadaf View Post
    such mein, kiya ilzam sabat ho gaya hai
    Abhi charge sheet paish hui hai. Abb case chalay ga but it is almost certain k saza ho jaye gi. Scotland Yard Police k numainday ney Press Conference mei kaha hai k international matter hai iss liye hum ney puri investigation aur concrete evidence k baad charge sheet paish ki hai.
    Criminal Prosecution ho gi.

    Quote Originally Posted by sheem View Post
    na karo yaar itni zada saza

    tu agar yeh UK se bahir hoye tu b jail jaeinge?
    They have been summoned for 17th march 2011 by the Court. Jail hogi tou UK mei hi rahain gey. Pakistan Government is bound to send them to the UK for court proceedings.

    Mei tou yeh souch raha hun k agar Prison Break jesi jail hui tou kya banay ga inka.... T-Bag jesa na mil jaye koi...
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    Players, ICC hold breath over verdict


    NEW DELHI: Much more will be at stake on Saturday (tomorrow) than just three careers when lawyer Michael Beloff reads the verdict of an independent anti-corruption tribunal in Doha on cheating allegations facing three Pakistan cricketers.
    The three-member tribunal heard the case against Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif last month for more than 45 hours spread over six days, poring over oral and written testimonies, watching video recordings and listening to tapes and forensic submissions.
    The cricketers face career-threatening bans if they are found guilty of so-called ‘spot-fixing’ during Pakistan’s Test series in England last year. All three have consistently denied wrongdoing.
    A British Sunday newspaper report alleged that they had taken bribes to arrange for deliberate no-balls to be delivered at pre-agreed times in the fourth Test at Lord’s for the benefit of gamblers.
    Saturday will be the judgment day at the Qatari capital and many cricket observers see the verdict as an indication of the governing body International Cricket Council’s (ICC) sincerity in tackling corruption in the game.
    “The verdict will tell us how serious ICC actually is about corruption,” cricket historian Boria Majumdar told Reuters.
    “At the end of the day, it’s the fans who matter most and the scandal has shaken their belief. It’s for ICC to restore their belief.”
    The governing body declined to comment in advance of the hearing when approached this week by Reuters.
    “Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has failed to deal firmly with the issue. It’s time for ICC to live up to its zero-tolerance policy on corruption,” Majumdar said.
    The mood is already sombre in cricket-mad Pakistan ahead of the verdict.
    “I think these players are going to be lost to Pakistan cricket for some years, which is sad,” former PCB chief Tauqir Zia told Reuters.
    “But if it is proven beyond doubt they were guilty of corruption in the sport, they (tribunal) must make an example of them for a better future of the sport.”
    Zia headed the PCB which in 2000 banned former captain, Salim Malik, and pacer Ata-ur-Rehman for life and fined five other players for their involvement in match-fixing.
    Former Pakistan skipper Aamir Sohail added: “When the PCB didn’t do anything the ICC acted and now I don’t think these players are going to be shown any leniency by the ICC.”
    Another former captain, Rashid Latif, praised the way ICC had tackled the issue but was not convinced that the menace can be rooted out altogether.
    “This is a good start. I hope the players have got a fair hearing,” he said.
    “...it is time the ICC took steps to discourage spot-fixing although this menace can never be eliminated completely from any sport.”
    Latif felt 18-year-old Amir, if found guilty, might get away with a lighter punishment because of his age but Pakistan batting great Zaheer Abbas advocated stringent action against anyone found guilty.
    “No leniency should be shown to anyone who tries to defame cricket because nowadays players are being paid well for their efforts, far more then we earned in our days.”
    Looking ahead, Pakistan’s World Cup winning captain Imran Khan prescribed a ceaseless vigil by the respective boards to curb the menace.
    “It has to be a constant vigilance by all cricket boards,” Imran told reporters in Mumbai on Wednesday.
    “All players’ bank accounts should be made transparent. It should to be tapped at a scale not done before and the (corrupt) players should be given exemplary punishments.”
    [Courtesy The News International]

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    DOHA: Timeline of the spot-fixing controversy ahead of the anti-corruption tribunal's decision here on Saturday in the case against Pakistan's Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif:

    August 29, 2010
    - The News of the World says it paid 150,000 pounds (230,000 dollars) to a middleman in return for details about the timing of three no-balls in Pakistan's fourth Test against England at Lord's.

    - The report says Pakistan bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif delivered the blatant no-balls at exact points in the match agreed with the alleged fixer.

    - The bowlers and Test captain Salman Butt are interviewed by Scotland Yard detectives.

    - News of the World publishes photograph of the alleged middle man, Mazhar Majeed, counting wads of banknotes given to him by a reporter posing as a front man for a betting syndicate. Majeed is later bailed.

    August 30
    - There are suggestions that Butt, Aamer and Asif could be withdrawn from the Pakistan team to ensure that two Twenty20 internationals in Cardiff go ahead.

    August 31
    - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) says it will not suspend its players while investigations continue.

    - Butt, Aamer and Asif summoned to meet the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Ijaz Butt, and the Pakistan high commissioner, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, in London.

    September 2
    - Salman Butt, Aamer and Asif dropped from the Twenty20 games.

    - The three vow to clear their names, according to Hasan, who adds that they are pulling out of the tour because of the "mental torture" of the scandal.

    - ICC charges Butt, Aamer and Asif with various offences under its anti-corruption code. All three are provisionally suspended.

    September 3
    - Ronnie Flanagan, chairman of the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit, tells reporters: "The conclusion that we have come to is that there is a really arguable case to answer."

    September 4
    - Pakistan one-day skipper Shahid Afridi apologises for the "spot-fixing" row, saying: "On behalf of these boys -- I know they are not in this series -- I want to say sorry to all cricket lovers and all the cricketing nations."

    - News of the World claims a fourth Pakistan player is being probed over the claims, but declines to name him for "legal reasons".

    September 5
    - News of the World releases footage of Pakistan Test player Yasir Hameed in which he claims team-mates "were doing it (fixing) in every match".

    September 17
    - Police pass the "spot-fixing" file to the Crown Prosecution Service.

    September 18
    - ICC launches investigation into the third one-dayer at The Oval -- won by Pakistan -- after receiving information from the Sun tabloid on allegedly pre-arranged scoring patterns. It later emerges that the ICC tried to persuade the ECB to call off the Oval match shortly before the start.

    September 19
    - PCB chairman Ijaz Butt alleges England were paid "enormous amounts of money" to lose deliberately at The Oval.

    September 20
    - England team threaten to sue Ijaz Butt.

    September 22
    - England, having been pulled back from 2-0 up to 2-2, beat Pakistan by 121 runs at the Rose Bowl to take the five-match series 3-2 in the final fixture of the English season.

    September 29
    - Ijaz Butt withdraws allegations that England players had "thrown" the third one-day international.

    October 4
    - Chairman of non-league English football club Croydon Athletic David Le Cluse, 44, found dead from gunshot wounds in a garage near his home in Sutton, south of London. The owner of the club is Mazhar Majeed.

    October 13
    - The ICC says there is no evidence of corruption in the third one-day international between Pakistan and England.

    October 22
    - Asif withdraws challenge to his provisional suspension.

    November 4
    - Pakistan suspends the contracts of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer.

    December 13
    - Salman Butt denies allegations he was involved in a spot-fixing scam, saying: "I have not done anything such as this in all my life or cricketing career".

    January 11
    - After six days of evidence, a three-man independent anti-corruption tribunal, meeting in Qatar, decides to delay an announcement of its findings until February 5.

    February 3
    - The British Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) says it will announce on Friday (February 4) whether the trio of cricketers face legal action in England following a separate investigation by London's Metropolitan Police.

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