Cricket: Jury to return Monday in Pakistan fixing trial

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The jury in the spot-fixing trial of former Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Asif will continue their deliberations for a third day on Monday after being sent home on Friday.

They will return to ponder their verdict in the case, in which both men have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments, and conspiracy to cheat at gambling.

Prosecutors allege that Butt, 27, and Asif, 28, conspired with British agent Mazher Majeed and bowler Mohammad Aamer to deliver three intentional no-balls during the Lord's Test between Pakistan and England in August 2010.

Over three weeks of evidence at Southwark Crown Court, the jury of six men and six women has heard that there are huge sums to be made by fixing parts of matches, known as spot-fixing, for gambling syndicates.

Butt and Asif were charged after allegations about their involvement in spot-fixing appeared in the now-defunct News of the World tabloid, owned by Australian-born media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, shortly after the Lord's Test.

The trial judge, Jeremy Cooke, finished his summing-up of the case on Thursday before sending the jury out to start their deliberations.

Majeed and Aamer are facing the same charges but are not standing trial alongside Butt and Asif.

© 2011 AFP

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