Thatscricket - News - 'Cronje could face charges in India'
Published: Saturday, June 30, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Johannesburg: Hansie Cronje could face charges in India even if he were granted indemnity from prosecution in South Africa.Bulelani Ngcuka, National Director for Public Prosecutions, said the offer of indemnity made to Cronje was no longer valid after the release of the final report of the King Commission that left the issue to the authorities.Cronje, who has been banned from cricket for life, was promised indemnity from prosecution under corruption laws if he came clean about his involvement in match-fixing at the King Commission of Inquiry into match-fixing. But the indemnity did not materialise in the final report of the commission.In the report, Judge Edwin King said indemnity now needed to be resolved by the office of the public prosecutor, as he could not recommend it with certainty.Ngcuka's spokesman Sipho Ngwenya said, "Cronje no longer has indemnity. The deal with Cronje was that he should tell the truth. But the fact that his lawyers challenged the legality of the commission rendered King unable to establish whether he had indeed told the truth. The offer of indemnity was dependent on that."Ngwenya said Cronje and other players who might well be granted indemnity in South Africa would still have to face charges in other countries. "The offer of indemnity related to charges in South Africa, and not to any charges they might face abroad."Cronje and Nicky Boje are among the players Indian police investigators are still looking for in their investigations into match-fixing in India. Cronje, who has appealed against the life ban imposed on him by the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) in the high court, now faces the prospect of several other actions.Besides the possibility of an extradition requested from India, which could be quite complicated, he may also face charges for hoarding foreign currency received from bookmakers in his house, as well as tax evasion contraventions.IANS