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Pakistan Cricket Scam Suspect Released


The man at the center of an alleged betting scam involving the Pakistani cricket team has been released on bail in Britain.

Mazhar Majeed, 35, was released from custody without charge late on August 29 following his arrest a day earlier on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers.

The arrest came after Britain's "News Of The World" newspaper claimed an undercover reporter had paid him some $230,000 in return for exact, advance details of when three no-balls would be played in a Lord's Test match last week between England and Pakistan, which England won.

British detectives are reported to have also questioned Pakistani captain Salman Butt and two other team members as part of the investigation.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari have expressed disappointment about the alleged corruption, and Pakistani authorities are reported to have launched their own investigation into the claims.

compiled from agency reports
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