Butt to attend March 17 corruption-linked hearing in London
Karachi: Disgraced Pakistan cricketer Salman Butt has said he will attend the hearing of the criminal charges brought against him at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on March 17.
British prosecutors have “authorised charges of conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments, and also conspiracy to cheat” against Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir as well as alleged bookmaker Mazhar Majeed.
Simon Clements, head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Special Crime Division, said last month that summonses had been issued for the tainted trio, and that 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.”
Butt said in a statement that it was his intention to attend the hearing at the London court.
“My lawyer, Yasin Patel has advised me at this stage to make no further comments on the case due to the pending proceedings,” the Daily Times quoted him, as saying.
Butt also made it clear that he had exercised his right to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the ten-year ban with five years’ suspension period handed to him by the International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption Tribunal on spot-fixing charges.
In his statement issued through his lawyer, Butt said his legal team had served a statement of appeal to the CAS against the tribunal’s findings in relation to the Lord’s Test and the sanction imposed at February’s Doha hearing, adding that full grounds for the appeal would be lodged in due course of time.
“Due to the pending proceedings in the UK, my Barrister, Yasin Patel has advised me against saying anything further at this stage in relation to the appeal,” Butt added.
Sources said Asif and Amir had also made up their mind to attend the March 17 magisterial hearing, as they had no other option available to them.
Asif and Aamer, who are serving sanctions of seven and five years respectively, have also lodged appeals with the CAS against their bans.