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Monday, January 17, 2011

ICC to disclose spot-fixing probe details after verdict: Lorgat

According to an ICC press release, after a six-day hearing earlier this month, the Anti-Corruption Tribunal constituted to determine charges against Salman Butt , Muhammad Amir and Mohammad Asif "has determined to continue its deliberations and will hold a further hearing in Doha on 5 February 2011 at which its decisions will be handed down to the parties, and any consequential matters will be dealt with."
During the hearing, Amir and Asif were cleared regarding the Oval match, but Butt remains under investigation. Despite that news becoming public, Lorgat wouldn't elaborate on the details that led the ICC to extend their investigation.
"You'll recall when we held a press conference when the spot-fixing news first broke in London  Sir Ronnie Flanagan (the head of the ACSU) and myself indicated that wherever the evidence leads us, we will proceed to investigate in absolute detail," the Daily Times quoted Lorgat.
"As we proceeded with the initial Lord's Test that was the subject of the original investigation, there were certain leads which led us to The Oval Test match. We weren't prepared to leave any stone unturned, so, we presented certain charges for that match as well. We don't comment on investigations, we don't report on ACSU matters and once all of this is said and done and the verdict is out a more full report will be provided," he added.
Despite the delay in the final outcome of the hearings, which means the decision will be announced just days before the World Cup begins, Lorgat was satisfied with how the investigation had moved.
"I am pleased with the progress we have made," he said, adding, "It is a short space of time, it is a complex matter and it is running alongside a criminal investigation. I believe we have done very well to get to this position with a six-day tribunal that has sat and now we await a judgement."

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