Former cricketer Chris Cairns not guilty in perjury trial

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Chris Cairns, the former New Zealand cricket captain, is found not guilty of perjury and perverting the course of justice.

Former cricketer Chris Cairns not guilty in perjury trial

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LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (NOVEMBER 30, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER NEW ZEALAND CRICKET CAPTAIN, CHRIS CAIRNS, SAYING:

“I think first and foremost, my thanks and my family’s thanks need to go to the jury.”

2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER NEW ZEALAND CRICKET CAPTAIN, CHRIS CAIRNS, SAYING:

“It’s been hell for the last five or so years.”

3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER NEW ZEALAND CRICKET CAPTAIN, CHRIS CAIRNS, SAYING:

“It’s not a victory as such because a case like this I don’t… I really don’t think there are any winners. It’s been hell for everybody involved.”

4. CAIRNS SPEAKING TO MEDIA

5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER NEW ZEALAND CRICKET CAPTAIN, CHRIS CAIRNS, SAYING:

“I think reputationally I’m completely scorched, burned completely but it hasn’t stopped me and it won’t stop me.”

6. CAIRNS SPEAKING TO MEDIA

7. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER NEW ZEALAND CRICKET CAPTAIN, CHRIS CAIRNS, SAYING:

“I think for my dad back in New Zealand who’s a… I mean he’s a cricket man through and through, I don’t know what cricket holds for me, I’m not sure with that but I’m just happy for my father and my mother that they can hold their heads high in New Zealand so that’s really important.”

8. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER NEW ZEALAND CRICKET CAPTAIN, CHRIS CAIRNS, SAYING:

“I think I’ve been through the mill and come out the other side and (I’m) just a happy man.”

STORY: Former New Zealand cricket captain Chris Cairns was cleared by a London court on Monday (November 30) of claims he had lied in a libel case three years ago when he said he had never been involved in cheating.

Cairns, 45, had been accused of falsely claiming he had never cheated at cricket during a libel action he brought against Lalit Modi, the former boss of the Indian Premier League, over comments Modi had made on Twitter in 2010.

London’s High Court ruled in Cairns’ favour in 2012 and ordered Modi to pay 90,000 pounds ($135,000) damages.

However, Cairns, who played 62 test matches and more than 200 one-day internationals, was charged last September with perjury and perverting the course of justice by British police.

He always denied any wrongdoing and was acquitted of the offences by a jury on Monday at Southwark Crown Court.

Cairns told media outside the court following the verdict it did not feel like a victory.

“It’s not a victory as such because a case like this I really don’t think there are any winners. It’s been hell for everybody involved,” he said.

“I think reputationally I’m completely scorched, burned completely, but it hasn’t stopped me and it won’t stop me,” he added.

Cairns said his cricketing future was unclear.

“I think for my dad back in New Zealand he’s a cricket man through and through, I don’t know what cricket holds for me, I’m not sure with that,” he said.

“I’m just happy for my father and my mother that they can hold their heads high in New Zealand so that’s important,” he added.

While other players gave evidence to support Cairns, former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent, who was banned for life last year from all cricket after admitting to match-fixing in games in England, told the court Cairns had tried to persuade him to take part in cheating.

Cairns told journalists those giving evidence against him were not acting with malicious intent, “only a couple” had the assertion he was guilty, he said.

Cairns’ friend and co-defendant, Andrew Fitch-Holland, was also cleared of perverting the course of justice.

It took the jury 10 hours and 17 minutes to come to their verdict.

The trial is the latest high-profile case to centre on claims cricketers have been bribed to fix matches. In 2011, three Pakistan cricketers were jailed after being convicted at London’s Southwark Court of spot-fixing.

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