Pak trio charged with corruption offences

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London, Feb 5 (PTI) British prosecutors have chargedPakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and MohammadAamer with corruption offences and their extradition to theUnited Kingdom might be sought in the event that they fail to return to thiscountry voluntarily.

The three gamers together with their agent, Mazhar Majeed,are set to face fees of accepting corrupt funds andconspiracy to cheat, for his or her alleged involvement inspot-fixing within the Lord”s Take a look at through the staff”s tour ofEngland final summer season.

Simon Clements, head of the Crown Prosecution Service(CPS) Particular Crime Division, stated: “Now we have determined thatMohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif, Salman Butt and their agent,Mazhar Majeed, ought to be charged with conspiracy to acquire andaccept corrupt funds and likewise conspiracy to cheat.”

“These fees relate to allegations that Majeed acceptedmoney from a 3rd occasion to rearrange for the gamers to bowl”no balls” on 26 and 27 August 2010, throughout Pakistan”s fourthTest at Lord”s Cricket Floor in London,” Clements saidyesterday.

“Majeed has been summoned to seem for a primary hearingat Metropolis of Westminster Magistrates” Courtroom on March 17.

“Summonses for a similar courtroom date have been issued forthe three gamers and so they have been requested to return to thiscountry voluntarily, as they agreed to do in September lastyear. Their extradition might be sought ought to they fail toreturn.

“The Crown Prosecution Service has been working closelywith the Metropolitan Police Service for the reason that allegations ofmatch-fixing grew to become public on August 29 2010.

“We obtained a full file of proof on December 7, 2010and we’re satisifed there may be ample proof for arealistic prospect of conviction and it’s within the publicinterest to prosecute.

“I’d remind everybody that these males are entitled to afair trial and ought to be thought to be harmless of those chargesunless it’s confirmed in any other case in courtroom. The InternationalCricket Council tribunal is because of announce its choice, butcriminal proceedings are energetic now.

“This can be very essential that nothing ought to bereported which might prejudice the trial.”

The three gamers have been provisionally suspended bythe ICC after English tabloid, ”Information of the World”, claimedthat Asif and Aamer bowled deliberate no-balls on the adviceof then skipper Butt.