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Pak will provide legal aid jailed 'spot fixing' cricketers: Rehman Malik

Islamabad, Tue, 08 Nov 2011 ANI

Islamabad, Nov 8 (ANI): Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that the government would provide legal aid to the jailed cricketers involved in last year's spot fixing scandal.


Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt was handed a 30-month sentence, Mohammad Asif 12, Mohammad Amir six and their agent Mazhar Majeed 32 months respectively for their roles in fixing part of the Lord's Test against England last year.


The government led by President Asif Ali Zardari, who is also a patron of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), is giving the case his full consideration.


"During a high-level meeting president Zardari on Friday directed the PCB to submit a report which should include recommendations on how to avoid a repeat of such incidents," The Dawn quoted Malik, as saying.


"The government would consider bringing the three players home. We have also requested Pakistan's High Commissioner to the UK, Wajid Shamsul Hassan, to provide necessary legal aid to them and he has been asked to submit a report," he added.


Malik, who said the players could still be innocent, termed the whole episode "unfortunate."


"It's unfortunate what happened, the government will form a commission to investigate the matter thoroughly and the players will not be left alone," he added. (ANI)


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