Jurors within the London perjury trial of Chris Cairns, the previous New Zealand cricket captain, retired to think about their verdicts on Tuesday (November 24). Cairns, forty five, faces a cost of perjury after efficiently suing Lalit Modi, the Indian Premier League (IPL) founder for accusing him of match-fixing on Twitter in 2010. Cairns, a New Zealand nice, gained ninety,000 ($one hundred thirty five,seven hundred) in damages from Modi within the March 2012 trial, however he’s alleged to have lied to the courtroom when he stated that he had “by no means, ever cheated at cricket”.
Cairns additionally faces a cost of perverting the course of justice over allegations that he persuaded fellow cricketer Lou Vincent to offer a false witness assertion for him throughout a Skype dialog. Cairns’s authorized adviser Andrew Fitch-Holland, 50, can also be accused of perverting the course of justice. Each males deny the fees.
The jury at London’s Southwark Crown Courtroom has heard proof from excessive-profile cricketers together with Brendon McCullum, the present New Zealand captain and former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting.
Vincent informed the courtroom that he helped to repair matches underneath “direct orders” from Cairns whereas the pair performed for the Chandigarh Lions within the Indian Cricket League (ICL) — a precursor to IPL — in 2008. McCullum stated that Cairns, the Lions captain, had approached him with a “enterprise proposition” about match-fixing. Cairns, nevertheless, has Cairns has denied all expenses.
Modi’s allegations involved two editions of ICL that occurred between March and April 2008 and between October and November of the identical yr. In addition to the ninety,000 damages, Modi was additionally obliged to pay out 1.four million in damages and prices following Cairns’s libel motion.
Perjury is a felony offence in Britain, for which these discovered responsible might be despatched to jail.