Wednesday 9 November 2011 

Butt Files Appeal Against Spot-Fixing Sentence

Butt Files Appeal Against Spot-Fixing Sentence
Butt Files Appeal Against Spot-Fixing Sentence
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Jailed former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has filed an appeal against his 30-month prison sentence, which was handed down to him last week for his part in the spot-fixing plot.

Butt was given the longest sentence of the three cricketers involved after Mr Justice Cooke judged him and agent Mazhar Majeed to be the driving forces behind the fix, which saw fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir deliver no balls at pre-arranged moments of the Lord's Test against England in August 2010.

Butt and Asif have been installed in Wandsworth Prison while Amir has begun a six-month sentence at a young offender's institute in Feltham.

Appeals against the sentences were expected as they were tried and convicted under a gambling law that was only introduced in 2005 and is relatively untested.

The News Of The World published allegations in August 2010 that the two fast bowlers and captain Butt had conspired to deliver the no balls for financial gain.

Following the allegations, the International Cricket Council (ICC) suspended the three players accused of being involved in the spot-fixing plot - 28-year-old Asif, 27-year-old Butt and 19-year-old Amir.

A 20-day trial by jury found Asif and Butt guilty of charges of conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments after Amir and Majeed pleaded guilty to both charges.

Asif and Butt both pleaded not guilty.

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