From Heroes to Zeros-Pakistani Trio Sentenced to Jail

Amir, Asif & Butt sentenced to Jail

Amir, Asif & Butt sentenced to JailFormer Pakistan captain Salman Butt was sentenced to 30 months of imprisonment for spot-fixing. Mohammad Asifwas sentenced to one year concurrent jail term. 

The third accused, 19-year-old pacerMohammad Aamer got six months in jail, while bookie Mazhar Majeed was sentenced to 2 years and eight months of imprisonment. 

While delivering the sentence, Justice Jeremy Cooke said that image and integrity of cricket has been damaged and the offences were so serious only imprisonment can suffice. 

The landmark judgement was delivered during their trial at the Southwark Crown Court. 

There were frantic scenes in and around courtroom number four on Thursday morning at Southwark Crown Court, as media and members of the public crammed to witness the sentencing. 

The Southwark Crown Court found Butt and Asif guilty of conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments for fixing part of a Test match at Lord’s last year. 

Aamer, who was also involved in the conspiracy, did not face trial as he had pleaded guilty. 

The ACSU could not conduct a thorough inquiry into the spot-fixing scandal against the three Pakistani players as most or all of the evidence was held by the Crown and police. 

A media report also claimed that ICC may now initiate fresh investigations against Pakistani players Kamran Akmal and Wahab Riaz as their names had surfaced during the trial.

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