London: Detectives found around 40,000 Pounds in cash, besides four mobile phones, when they searched the London hotel room of Salman Butt, who was captain of Pakistan in England last summer.
The independent.co.uk reported on Saturday that, "among the cash was 50 marked 50-Pound notes given by a News of the World journalist to Mazher Majeed, Butt's agent, on the eve of the Lord's Test in return for allegedly arranging with Butt and his teammates Mohd Asif and Mohd Amir to spot-fix - bowl deliberate no-balls at agreed moments - during the match."
"As part of the prosecution's case, the jury at Butt and Asif's trial were yesterday (Thursday) shown dramatic footage filmed by a hidden camera of the moment Majeed took delivery of 140,000 Pounds in 50-Pound notes , all of which had had their serial numbers recorded, in another hotel room in a different part of London. Butt and Asif are charged with conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments and conspiracy to cheat, which carry maximum sentences of seven and two years' imprisonment respectively. Both deny the charges."
Butt (26) and Asid (28) are on trial at Southwark Crown Court. The court had heard Majeed saying to an undercover journalist that he had six players under his control, with batsman Imran Farhat among those he named. However, according to the prosecution, Majeed did clarify that Farhat was "not completely in the circle." The court also heard of a conversation between Majeed and an unnamed Indian caller.
"They talk about 'what we spoke about last night, and what offer can be made?'," prosecutor Aftab Jafferjee told the court. "The Indian caller provides a figure of a million dollars."
"The only context to place this in the light of all the evidence thus far, would be the price for Pakistan to lose the Test match when they were plainly poised for a memorable victory. Nothing else would make sense. It reveals that at least the idea had been floated - certainly between Majeed and the Indian party."