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Prosecutors handed Pakistan cricket 'spot-fixing' file

Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif
Amir, Butt and Asif say they are innocent of the spot-fixing claims

An initial file of evidence on claims Pakistan cricketers accepted cash to take part in spot-fixing during a Test match has been passed to prosecutors.

Scotland Yard said evidence that there was a conspiracy to defraud bookmakers will now be considered by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Detectives initially interviewed three players under caution - Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif.

A fourth, Wahab Riaz was questioned in London on Tuesday.

The Metropolitan Police also arrested businessman Mazhar Majeed as part of the inquiry.

He is accused of accepting £150,000 cash to ask players to deliberately bowl no-balls during last month's fourth Test at Lord's after being caught in a sting operation by the News of the World newspaper.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "The Metropolitan Police Service has today delivered an initial file of evidence relating to conspiracy to defraud bookmakers to the CPS.

"The file will now be subject to CPS consideration. This is an initial file and the Met investigation continues."

Butt, Amir and Asif, who have been suspended from playing and charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC), have indicated they will contest the allegations made against them.

Riaz has not been suspended by the ICC.



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Pakistan trio to contest charges
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ICC backed to stop betting scams
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Accused trio return to Pakistan
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Riaz to face police questioning
09 Sep 10 |  Pakistan
Cricket's fight against fixing
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