Salman Butt hires Indian origin lawyer for spot-fixing case
Karachi: Pakistan’s suspended Test captain, Salman Butt has hired a lawyer of Indian origin who is based in the United Kingdom to represent him in the spot-fixing case.
“Yasin Patel is a very high profile criminal defense lawyer who also specialises in human rights, money laundering and sports related cases. He will be liasioning with Scotland Yard which is investigating the spot-fixing allegations against Salman,” Gul said.
He said if need arose Patel could also represent Butt at the full hearing of the International Cricket Council code of conduct commission in Doha in January.
“At present the plan is that myself and Khalid Ranjha will represent the player at the ICC hearing but if we feel the need Patel can also be part of the hearing,” Gul said.
In pic: Salman Butt with his Pakistani lawyer Aftab Gul.
Well informed sources said that the hiring of Patel was a significant step by Butt as the charges of spot-fixing and trying to defraud the bookmakers originated from the investigations being held by Scotland Yard after the News of the World tabloid carried a story alleging that Butt and his teammates, Mohammad Aamir and Mohammad Asif were involved in spot-fixing during the fourth Test against England at Lords in late August.
Patel with a Gujrati background has been involved in some high profile criminal and human right cases in the UK.