British police released without charge three Pakistani cricket players embroiled in fixing claims after questioning them under caution on Friday, their lawyer said.
“Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt of the Pakistan cricket team have today been questioned under caution by the Metropolitan Police,” Elizabeth Robertson told reporters outside Kilburn police station in north London.
“They voluntarily attended Kilburn police station to answer questions relating to allegations published in the News of the The World.
“At no time were they placed under arrest, they were free to leave at any time and they have answered all of the questions that were put to them and have been released without charge or conditions.”
Aamer, Asif and Butt were named in a story by the News of the World alleging that deliberate no-balls had been bowled in the fourth and final Test between England and Pakistan at Lord’s, which finished with an England win Sunday.
The International Cricket Council has charged the three under its anti-corruption code and suspended them from playing in any further matches until their cases are resolved.
The players deny all wrongdoing and Pakistani High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan has suggested they might have been set up.
Robertson said the Pakistan Cricket Board and the three players “will continue to cooperate fully with the Metropolitan Police and the ICC investigation and they look forward to a timely and satisfactory outcome”.