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NZ cricketer Cairns cleared of perjury

New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns outside Southwark Crown Court, LondonImage copyright PA
Image caption Chris Cairns played 62 Tests for New Zealand from 1989 to 2004

Former New Zealand cricket captain Chris Cairns has been found not guilty of perjury and perverting the course of justice.

Mr Cairns, 45, was accused at Southwark Crown Court of falsely declaring under oath throughout a 2012 libel case that he had “never ever, ever cheated at cricket”.

He had successfully sued Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi for accusing him on Twitter of match-fixing.

The retired all-rounder said the trial had been “hell for everyone involved”.

Mr Cairns’ former adviser, barrister Andrew Fitch-Holland, 50, from Manchester, was also cleared of perverting the course of justice.


In the 2012 libel case – England’s first Twitter libel trial – Mr Cairns won damages of $ 130,000 (£90,000).

Mr Modi’s tweet in 2010 accused the cricketer of match-fixing even though captain of the Chandigarh Lions in the now-defunct Indian Cricket League in 2008.

The prosecution at Southwark Crown Court claimed Mr Cairns had lied when he promised for the duration of that earlier trial that he had never ever cheated.

He was also accused of perverting the course of justice by inducing fellow New Zealand cricketer Lou Vincent to give a false witness statement in a Skype call.

Speaking right after the verdict, Mr Cairns mentioned his reputation was “scorched, burned fully”, but he was looking forward to returning house to his family.

Mr Cairns is deemed one particular of New Zealand’s greatest ever all-rounders, getting played 62 Tests for his nation between 1989 and 2004.