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Chris Cairns charged with perjury

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25 Sep 2014 20:01 #215267 by chairman
NZ allrounder faces seven years in prison

British prosecutors have charged New Zealand cricket great Chris Cairns with perjury.

The charge relates to a 2012 libel action that Cairns successfully brought against former Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi over a tweet accusing the allrounder of match-fixing during his time in the now-defunct Indian Cricket League (ICL).

While Cairns, 44, has been charged with one count of perjury, a friend who appeared as a witness at the libel trial, lawyer Andrew Fitch-Holland, has been charged with perverting the court of justice.

The two men were formally charged on Thursday after attending a central London police station and are due to appear before a court in London on October 2.

Cairns could face seven years in prison if found guilty.

The Metropolitan Police said that two other people arrested over the investigation, a 33-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man, had been released without charge.

Cairns, who won STG90,000 ($A164,000) in the libel action against Modi, has vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

Speaking after Britain's Crown Prosecution Service confirmed he was to be charged with perjury earlier this month, he said: "I'm obviously extremely disappointed.

"However, at least there will now be an opportunity to face my accusers in an open forum, with some rigour and proper process around that, so that I can clear my name once and for all."

Fitch-Holland, 49, was previously involved in a case against the England and Wales Cricket Board when they banned players who had appeared in the ICL in 2008.

Cairns's former teammate Lou Vincent, who was banned for life earlier this year for match-fixing, has alleged that a world-famous international dubbed 'Player X' lured him into a murky world of corruption that included offers of cash and sex to rig matches.

Cairns has said that he believes he is the player to whom Vincent was referring, but has questioned his accuser's credibility, describing the allegations he faces as "absurd, bizarre and scary".

Cairns retired from international cricket in 2004 after becoming one of only 12 players in Test history to complete the 'double' of 200 wickets and 3,000 runs.
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25 Sep 2014 22:53 #215272 by Kyle
Jeez. This guy is really doomed. I don't know what to feel about all this. One after the other.

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25 Sep 2014 22:54 #215273 by Kyle

Cairns has said that he believes he is the player to whom Vincent was referring, but has questioned his accuser's credibility, describing the allegations he faces as "absurd, bizarre and scary".

Oh my god, he's in deep shit. How does he "believe" that? Lou has made none of it public. And yet he thinks it's him?

This looks all kinds of wrong.

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26 Sep 2014 00:45 #215279 by Rowe992
It seems like the British are going after cricketers from other nations for match fixing. Never heard they charge any British player. I hope Cairns gets a fair trial and that the truth prevails and if he is guilty then he should face the consequences.

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02 Oct 2014 12:23 #216388 by dillinger10
Cairns appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Thursday to contest the perjury charges.  The case has been sent to Southwark Crown Court - which deals with criminal cases - and adjourned until October 16.

Cairns vowed to fight the perjury charges and looked forward to telling his side of the story, telling reporters , "I'm obviously extremely disappointed, however, at least there will now be an opportunity to face my accusers in an open forum, with some rigour and proper process around that, so that I can clear my name once and for all."

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