Former Pakistan cricket captain
Salman Butt, jailed in November for 30 months for spot-fixing in the UK, has
been released from prison early.
Butt, 27, was released from
Canterbury Prison in Kent on Wednesday night, his lawyers said.
He was jailed with bowlers Mohammad
Asif, 29, and Mohammad Amir, 19, for the bowling of deliberate no balls in a
2010 Test match against England.
All three were also given five-year
playing bans, which they are appealing.
Asif and Amir, also jailed after
conviction last year at Southwark Crown Court, have already been released.
Mazhar Majeed, 36, the London-based
sports agent behind the fixing scandal, was jailed for two years and eight
Knowing when specific events in
cricket matches will happen, such as the deliberate bowling of no-balls as in
this case, can be of great value in betting scams.
Butt is thought to have been
deported back to Pakistan because he was freed under the early removal scheme.
This allows foreign nationals to be
released up to nine months before their scheduled release date as long as they
are then deported.
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