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November 5, 2010
The Crown Prosecution Service has been handed a second file of evidence relating to claims that Pakistan's cricketers accepted bribes to engage in spot-fixing during the fourth Test against England at Lord's in August.
Scotland Yard said that evidence that there was a conspiracy to defraud bookmakers will be considered by the CPS, although the investigation remains ongoing.
Detectives interviewed four players under caution, three of whom - Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir - are currently suspended from international cricket by the ICC.
Mazhar Majeed, a businessman and players' agent, was also arrested as part of the investigation, and stands accused of accepting £150,000 to fix the actions of several players during the Lord's Test.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "The Metropolitan Police has today delivered a second file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in connection with the investigation of alleged offences in relation to the fourth Test at Lord's Cricket Ground on 26 August. The file will now be subject to CPS consideration."
The ICC's code of conduct commission rejected appeals by Butt and Amir against their suspensions last Sunday, while Asif had withdrawn his appeal. The next stage will be a hearing by the anti-corruption tribunal into details of the fixing case.
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