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Jury retires for further deliberations


LONDON – The jury retired for a third day of deliberations on Monday morning into alleged spot-fixing by Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif at Southwark Crown Court.

The jury had initially been sent out to decide their ruling at midday on Thursday and took all day on Friday also but left for the weekend having failed to reach a verdict. “I would ask you to retire again with the hope of reaching a unanimous verdict,” Justice Cooke told the jury on Monday, after they made their brief customary appearance at the start of the day. The case is now into its 19th day

Butt and Asif are facing charges of conspiracy to cheat, and conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments, following the Lord’s Test in August last year when they allegedly conspired with agent Mazhar Majeed, teenage fast bowler Mohammad Amir and other people unknown to bowl pre-determined no-balls. Butt and Asif deny the charges.

Butt’s wife is due to have a caesarean to have their second child on Tuesday, believed to be a son.–Agencies

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