Pakistani tainted trio likely to be deported after completion of jail term

The Pakistan trio of Mohammad Aamer (L), Salman Butt (c) and Mohammad Asif were jailed for their involvement in the spot-fixing scandal Getty Images

London: Nov 12, 2011

Jailed Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir could be deported from the UK after the completion of their prison terms.

According to a report in ‘The Daily Mail’, the trio jailed for being involved in the spot-fixing scandal, could face deportation by the British Government on their release from prison.

“Earlier this week Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were transferred from Wandsworth Prison to HMP Canterbury, which in 2007 became the first unit in Britain converted to house foreign criminals convicted in this country,” the newspaper reported.

Canterbury is a category C prison, which is meant to allow immigration officials “to process and deport inmates at the end of their sentences if they refuse to leave the country voluntarily.”

Butt was jailed for 30 months and Asif for a year by the Southwark Crown Court last week after being found guilty of conspiracy to accept corrupt payments and conspiracy to cheat, both charges relating to the bowling of deliberate no-balls for money during the England-Pakistan Lord’s Test last year.

Aamer received a six-month sentence which is to be served at young offenders’ institutes.

A Home Office spokesman refused to comment on individual cases but said, “The Border Agency will consider the removal of foreign prisoners serving 12-month sentences or more but each case is considered on its merits.”

“Deportation from the UK automatically incurs a 10-year ban from entering the country again, which would prevent Aamer from returning to play cricket in England once his five-year International Cricket Council suspension ends in 2015,” added the newspaper report.(PTI)