London: An in secret reporter from the News of the World, the British newspaper at the heart of a phone-hacking disgrace which has involved Rupert Murdoch's information Corp, deprived of on Wednesday he used the perform to break a legend about cricket match-fixing.
Mazher Mahmood, the Investigation editor at the now-defunct Sunday sensationalist, unwanted accusations that his description had disturbed the against the law interception of voicemail messages, the Press connection reported. He is told London's Southwark tiara Court he had usual loss fear since publish the legend allege that a games cause took bribe to position for Pakistan cricketers to bowl on idea no-balls during a test aligned with England last summer.
Prosecutors contend British-based representative Mazhar Majeed conspire with Pakistan's ex- test captain Salman Butt, 27, and speed bowlers Mohammad Asif, 28, and Mohammad Amir, 19, to fix part of the Lord's test stuck between Aug. 26 and 29.
Butt and Asif, who are status trial, deny plot to cheat and plot to accept corrupt expenses.Mahmood said he launch an investigation after a top secret source sent him copies of "incriminating" text mail from Majeed's BlackBerry phone showing that match-fixing had been going on for a "long time”. But he said the story "have nothing to do with telephone hack" and said he have no information of the prohibited perform during his 20 years at the reports of the World.
press on the newspaper are accuse of hack the voicemail messages of people range from celebrity to offense victims in a search for exclusive, claim which led to the finish of the paper in July. Openhanded confirmation from report after a screen to hide his self, Mahmood said he begin research the story after a secret source he had known for many years sent him information which was as well passed to the International Cricket Council.
They are incriminating text mail which showed these guys have be doing it for a extensive time he told the court.Asif's brief Alexander Milne said the mail was downloaded from Majeed's BlackBerry and asks the reporter: "Is this not hack material?"Mahmood reply: "No, it is not... One, you're arrogant it's downloaded from the telephone with no the knowledge of the self, and second this is not anything to do with hack at all."
The reporter said he consult the skull of the documents legal branch about the texts he acknowledged and confirmed it was "totally within the law" to use them. He admits his spring was paid after his story was in print.Asked if here had been any illegal intercept of voicemails at every one Mahmood said: "There was no phone hacking involved. You're bark up the in the wrong ranking."Milne also recommended that Mahmood two times met Asif in London pretend to be a lawyer called "Imran Sheikh" before the story insolvent on Aug. 29, 2010The reporter said the claim was "totally wrong" and "ludicrous” and it would comprise been an illegal offence to do so. He thought the one time he meted Asif was in Qatar at an ICC inquiry. Am a guy that's been getting death pressure after this story, so the last thing I want to do is meet this cricketer," he believed.