Thatscricket - News - Cronje in trouble over secret accounts
Published: Saturday, February 10, 2001, 21:15 [IST]
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Johannesburg: The South African Directorate of Public Prosecutions said on Monday that it would be looking into the allegations that disgraced former South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje held 19 secret accounts, a charge which he denies.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Meanwhile, Cronje's potential amnesty deal from criminal prosecution in exchange for "the whole truth" over the match-fixing scandal that rocked international cricket and led to a life ban for Cronje, was off, the National Directorate of Public Prosecutions added.Judge Edwin King, who headed the official enquiry into match-fixing, indicated that in its' final report the commission could not make a recommendation on Cronje's honesty and whether he should receive indemnity.Sipho Ngwema, spokesman for the National Directorate of Public Prosecutions, told AFP that while his body was primarily concentrating on King's report they would also be looking into the report about the secret accounts in the British newspaper 'The Sunday Telegraph'."At this stage we are still looking at the King Commission (a government inquiry into match-fixing) report and if there is any need to do further investigation. Naturally we will look into these reports," he added.Cronje on Monday denied that he held secret accounts into which 120 payments totalling 10.5 million Rand ($ 1.3 million) was deposited.The payments, which could not be immediately identified by investigators as either salary, endorsements or other declared income, were all made while Cronje was captain of the South African side between 1995 and 2000."I can tell you for a fact that every single one of the bank accounts that I have owned in my entire life or opened, were given to the (King) commission and to the auditors. Every single one of them. Not one was concealed," Cronje told Johannesburg radio station 702.Cronje told the inquiry into cricket match-fixing, which ended last month, that he only received about one million Rand ($ 120,000) from gamblers and bookmakers.But Neil Manthorp, the journalist who wrote the article, told Radio 702 that Commission officials had informed him that Cronje had repeatedly rebuffed attempts to ascertain the details in the audit."They were never given the details of several accounts," Manthorp said.Manthorp said Cronje also held eight properties that varied in value.Cronje is planning to challenge a life ban from the game that the United Cricket Board of South Africa(UCBSA) imposed on him in October as punishment for his involvement in match-fixing in the Pretoria High Court in September.