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Thatscricket - News - King's final report has nothing new to say

Published: Friday, June 29, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Cape Town: The final report of the King Commission of Inquiry into match-fixing in cricket has nothing very much new to say. The most significant aspect of the 22-page report released on Friday is the absence of a clear recommendation that disgraced former captain Hansie Cronje be granted indemnity from prosecution. This had been promised to him if he came clean at the Commission."The Commission was required to express to the National Director (of Public Prosecutions) an opinion as to Cronje's credibility," the report says. "Due to subsequent developments the Commissioner is not in a position to express such opinion and has advised the National Director accordingly, (he) is in agreement with the Commissioner's decision."This paves the way for possible charges against Cronje for contravention of finance and taxation laws.Cronje disclosed during his testimony at the Commission that he had kept large sums of foreign currency allegedly received from bookmakers at his home. Cronje is currently appealing in the high court against a life ban imposed on him by the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) after the interim King report.The final report mainly refers to actions taken by and against the King Commission, UCBSA and the Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) of the International Cricket Council (ICC).It refers to two interim reports and the implementation by UCBSA of some of the suggestions therein. It also talks about ACU head Paul Condon's report, and how its recommendations were similar to those of the King interim reports.Judge Edwin King's report says the Commission was established after Indian police released extracts of taped recordings of "certain conversations".These are now known to be between Cronje and an Indian bookmaker, in which Cronje allegedly agreed to throw a match at Nagpur in India last year. King said the work of the Commission had been hampered by its failure to acquire the full context of "the Indian tapes".Referring to the Condon report, King said it was "most disturbing" that corrupt practices are continuing despite measures taken by certain national boards, including the UCBSA. "The hope is expressed that with the introduction of various recommended measures, corruption in cricket will be eradicated. This will be no easy task."IANS

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