Mohammad Asif’s lawyer urged the jury at the alleged spot-fixing trial to “follow the money” and suggested that if they do that they would conclude that his client is innocent of any wrongdoing.
Alexander Milne QC took about 90 minutes to present his closing speech to the jury on the 15th afternoon of the trial, in which Asif and his former captain Salman Butt stand accused of cheating. It was by far the briefest of closings after the prosecution and Butt’s counsel had each taken over four hours.
Milne relied on short, sharp facts to make his impact on the jury and his key points surrounded a lack of clear association between his client and the agent at the centre of the alleged fix Mazhar Majeed, while also revealing how Asif had never pocketed any money at any point from the agent, who had received payments of £10,000 and then £140,000 from an undercover News of the World journalist. No marked money was discovered in Asif’s room during police searches.
“Where did that the News of the World money (£150,000) go?” Milne asked the jury. “It went to Mr. Butt (£2,500) and Mr. Amir (£1,500). It’s up to you members of the jury what conclusions you draw from that but none of that money went to Mr. Asif. “
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