McCullum as witness as Chris Cairns heads for court

Ex Newzealand allrounder and skipper, Chris Cairns will stand in a criminal trial at Southwark Crown Court, London. The trial shall proceed from monday. Cairns has been charged for “lying under oath” during the 2012 libel case against ex IPL head Lalit Modi. It is learned¬†that if Cairns is found to be guilty, then he could face upto seven years in prison.

Chris Cairns

The case arose from what were believed to be criminal acts carried out by Chris Carins and his ex lawer in a libel case during the 2012 Indian Premier League season, against then IPL chairman Lalit Modi. Cairns has been charged under the UK perjury act, which occurs when a presented personality lies in court. According to the CPS ( Crime Prosecution Service ), Cairns whole heartedly made a statement in the 2012 case against modi which was as follows:

“which you knew to be false or did not believe to be true namely that you never, ever cheated at cricket and nor would you contemplate doing such a thing”

What started it all?

Cairns and his lawyer sued Modi over an alleged criminal tweet tweeted in January of 2010, after the former Chairman of the IPL had accused Cairns’ of involvement in match fixing. But back then, the high court failed to prove the case. Now what made the CPS reopen the case and charge Cairns? Ever since the 2012 libel case, serious anticorruption investigations have been carried out by New Zealand cricket, ECB and ICC. A few players are believed to have given evidence against Cairns. All the evidence was handed over to the Metro Polic in London, and hence, after evaluation of the concerned evidence, the CPS took charge of proceedings.

Consequences for Cairns?

Back in 2012, in the libel case, Cairns vowed to be well aware of the rules of the UK Perjury Act after giving evidence against Modi. But as things stand, after all evidence evaluated, Cairns appeared to have conducted a breach of the act and is therefore eligible for criminal punishment. If the former New Zealand skipper is found guilty, he could have to face upto 7 years behind the bars.

Among the Witnesses

 

brendon mccullum

 

New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum is the most notable among the witnesses. Other names include Luke Vincent, former fast bowler Shane Bond, former Captain Stephen Fleming, Andre Adams. New Zealand Cricket CEO David White shall also be present. It is belived that although Lalit Modi wont directly be present on the trials.

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