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11-03-2011, 09:35 PM #1
Black day for cricket: Jail for Pak's tainted trio over spot fixing
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and two of his teammates -- pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir -- were today sentenced to varying jail terms after being found guilty of spot-fixing, making them the first cricketers ever to be imprisoned for corruption.
Butt was sentenced to two and a half years, Asif was handed a one-year term, while the 19-year-old Amir was sentenced to six months of prison time by the Southwark Crown Court here.
Players' agent Mazhar Majeed got the strongest punishment as he was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison by Justice Jeremy Cooke after a trial that ran for close to three weeks.
"These offences, regardless of pleas, are so serious that only a sentence of imprisonment will suffice," Cooke told the convicted quartet here today.
Butt, who apparently corrupted his teammates, was called the "orchestrator" of the scam that was revealed after a sting operation on Majeed by the now-defunct tabloid 'The News of the World' in August last year.
"It's clear you were the orchestrator of these matters. You had to be to make sure these two bowlers were bowling at the time of the fix," the judge stated.
To Asif, Cooke said: "Whilst no money was found in your possession, it's clear that you conspired to bowl a no-ball. There's no evidence on your part of prior fixing but it's hard to see that this could have been an isolated incident."
Butt and Asif were found guilty of conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments by a jury on Tuesday, while Majeed and Amir pleaded guilty at a pre-trial in September.
The cricketers, however, might have to serve just half of their sentences as they can be released on license if their behaviour is good....being a human...
11-07-2011, 08:10 AM #2
Mohammad Asif will be move to an open prison
Three Pakistani players- Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif, and Mohammad Amir and their agent Mazhar Majeed, have been found guilty in the spot-fixing conspiracy. Because of their involvement in the match-fixing, they have been handed jail in different terms by a London court. They will soon be taken to prison.
According to a close friend of Pakistan fast bowler, Mohammad Asif, the 28-year-old player will be moved to an open prison this week. Compared to a closed prison, he will get more freedom and privileges at an open prison. He said that his friend is likely to be moved to an open prison by the end of next week.
Mohammad Asif has been sentenced to prison for one year for being involved in spot-fixing conspiracy. He will be imprisoned at the jail in Wandsworth. Not only he but also his former captain and co-conspirator Butt will be imprisoned at the same jail.
It is yet to know if agent Mazhar Majeed would be at the same prison or not. Mohammad Amir has got less punishment among the conspirators. However, he will not be sent at the same prison. Instead, he will be sent at Feltham Young Offenders Institution. It has a reputation for being a cruel environment for prisoners....being a human...