LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Mazhar Majeed, Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif today learned their trial date in the cricketers’ alleged corruption case. On Thursday, Butt, Amir and Asif appeared before a Westminster Magistrates Court and learned they will head to trial on May 20. They were designated unconditional bail; Majeed is already out on bail.
Butt, 26, Asif, 28 and Amir, 18, will appear before judge Howard Riddle this May, months after their scandal was exposed by News of the World. Judge Riddle told the three “There is no doubt the allegation are very serious and I know you recognize that.”
The original scandal erupted after Bookie Mazhar Majeed (photo above) granted an interview to the News of the World. Pakistan High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan told news shortly after release of the NOTW article that “[i]f the News of the World evidence is correct then I would banish them [Butt, Asif, and Amir] from cricket”. Since then, the International Cricket Council has banned the three players. The three players are appealing those suspensions in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
During his news interview, Majeed had said “I’ve been doing it [match-fixing] with them for about two-and-a-half years and we’ve made masses of money … I manage 10 of the players, I do all their affairs like contracts, sponsorship, marketing, everything really. The players would never tell anybody else.”
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