24 Nov 2011

Pakistani cricketers lose appeal

6:04 am on 24 November 2011

The Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamer have lost their appeals against their jail sentences for spot-fixing.

England's top judge, Lord Chief Justice Igor Judge said their "notorious" case was a "carefully prepared" corruption conspiracy which merited a "criminal sanction".

Earlier this month, former Test captain Butt was sentenced to two and a half years in prison and promising fast bowler Aamer was ordered to serve six months in a young offenders' institution.

The pair were not present at the Court of Appeal in London for the hearing before Lord Judge, the head of the English judiciary, and two other judges.

They dismissed the appeals in which Butt's lawyer argued that the former skipper's sentence was "manifestly excessive", and Aamer's lawyer urged the court to suspend his sentence.

The fixing plot was uncovered by the News of the World, the Rupert Murdoch-owned British tabloid which was shut down in July over the phone-hacking scandal.