Salman Butt to appeal against jail sentence!

LONDON: Former Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt will appeal against his 30-month jail sentence handed down by a local court today for his involvement in spot-fixing, his lawyer said.

"On behalf of Salman Butt I want to confirm that we will be appealing the sentence. We are launching grounds of appeal in the next 24 hours," Butt’s lawyer Paul Harris said.

He was speaking outside Southwark Crown Court, where Butt had earlier been sentenced for his part in pre-arranging no-balls during Pakistan’s Test match against England at Lord’s here in August last year.

Butt was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for conspiring to accept corrupt payments, with a two-year sentence for conspiring to cheat at gambling. The two sentences will run concurrently.

The sentence can, however, be reduced to half the term for good behaviour.

He was also ordered to pay 30,937 pounds (USD 49,560) towards the costs of the prosecution.

Butt’s teammate Mohammad Asif and their British agent Mazhar Majeed were also jailed for one year and two and a half years respectively while 19-year-old Mohammad Amir was sentenced to six months in the Young offenders’ Detention Center instead of jail.

Amir’s barrister Henry Blaxland QC said he intended to apply for bail later pending an appeal against his sentence.(PTI)

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