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Thatscricket - News - Indemnity appears to be in doubt for Cronje

Published: Friday, June 29, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Johannesburg: The United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) has said that the issue of indemnity for former captain Hansie Cronje is a matter for the prosecution to decide.Reacting to the final report of the King Commission of Inquiry regarding action against Cronje, UCBSA president Percy Sonn said, "It is understandable and fair that Judge King has decided he is not in a position to express an opinion on Cronje's credibility.""The issue of indemnity from prosecution is one to be handled by the South African Prosecution Services," Sonn said in a statement. "We are grateful to Judge King for his fine efforts and for putting cricket firmly on the road to eradicating corruption from the game."King has reportedly said in his report that the director of public prosecutions in South Africa, Bulelani Ngcuka, should decide the issue of indemnity from prosecution for Cronje.The King Commission investigated cricket irregularities after Cronje admitted last year to his involvement in match-fixing. He was promised indemnity from prosecution if he came clean at the King Commission hearings.But indemnity now appears to be in doubt for Cronje, who may face criminal prosecution for currency and tax evasion issues as well after he retained payments made to him by Indian and South African bookmakers.Cronje is fighting in high court a life ban imposed on him by the UCBSA.The UCBSA would not comment further on King's report except to thank him for his "valuable efforts in assisting the fight against corruption in cricket"."As Judge King has stated in his final report, the primary objective of the King Commission of Inquiry into match-fixing and related matters was achieved and steps are now being adopted in world cricket to attempt to eradicate dishonesty from the game.""The fight against corruption continues with the ongoing work of the ICC's (International Cricket Council's) Anti Corruption Unit (ACU). The UCBSA has endorsed all of the recommendations contained in the ACU's recent report which was handed to the ICC.""The UCBSA remains committed to continuing to implement procedures and policies which will help to ensure that corruption is kept out of SouthAfrican cricket," the statement said.IANS

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