London: Mazhar Mahmood, the journalist who conceived the plan that resulted in spot-fixing allegations against Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, will be appearing in front of the jury at Southwark Crown Court on the fourth day of the trial on Monday.
He will give his evidence from behind a screen to protect his identity and only the judge, jury and legal representatives are likely to see his face. In-court sketches and visible descriptions are not allowed to be reported. His evidence is key to the prosecution and his appearance in court is expected to run into a second day.
Mahmood was an investigative reporter for the now defunct News of the World and it was his undercover sting operation that created one of cricket's biggest controversies. He took on the guise of an Indian businessman, supposedly backed by a betting cartel, and lured cricket agent Mazhar Majeed into allegedly revealing a corrupt plot during Pakistan's 2010 tour of England.