Dramatic video footage of the alleged cricket “fixer” accepting a £140,000 bung was played before a jury today.
Mazhar Majeed, the Pakistan agent at the centre of the spot-fixing conspiracy, was seen counting out bundles of £50 notes, after telling an undercover reporter exactly when deliberate no-balls would be bowled in the Lord’s Test match last year.
In footage secretly recorded by the News of the World, Majeed piled the cash on a table in front of him, arranging it into three lines, and then counted a bundle of £2,500, note-by-note.
He later turned to the journalist, who was posing as a corrupt Indian businessman, and said: “I’m telling you, if you play this right you’re going to make a lot of money, believe me.”
The bung was given to the agent on the night before the Lord’s Test at the Copthorne Hotel in Kensington, London.
Southwark Crown Court was then played footage from the cricket the next day, when the no-balls were bowled by Pakistan’s opening bowlers, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif – exactly as described by Majeed.
The case continues.
|See the secret footage of Majeed receiving/counting the
£140,000 bung, which was shown in court today
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