Prosecutor says Asif not charged yet

The media in Dubai on Friday quoted the chief prosecutor as saying that charges have not yet been framed against Mohammad Asif.

updated: June 09, 2008 07:20 IST
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Confusion reigns supreme in absence of any official clarification on Mohammad Asif's detention and local media on Friday quoted the chief prosecutor as saying that charges have not yet been framed against the detained Pakistani pacer.

Chief Prosecutor Mohammad Ali Rustom told Gulf News that forensic examinations have confirmed that the substance recovered from the Pakistani pacer at the Dubai airport was opium.

According to him, charges are yet to be framed against the cricketer, who remains at the Dubai Airport detention centre since he arrived here on transit from India on Sunday.

"Dubai police's forensic laboratory results have confirmed that the contraband substance which was discovered in Asif's wallet is opium," Rustom was quoted as saying by the daily.

"The suspect is still being detained at the airport and is being questioned by the public prosecution facing charges of smuggling and possessing drugs," he said.

Media reports in Pakistan had on Thursday claimed that the beleaguered pacer had been charged for alleged possession of contraband drugs. Later, the Pakistan Cricket Board also dismissed such reports as "untrue".

Rustom said charges might be framed against the cricketer once the investigation wraps up on Sunday. Only then it would be decided whether to refer the case to the Dubai Court of First Instance or deport the cricketer, he said.

Rustom said after the finding of the laboratory analysis reached the authorities, they asked Asif about it and the player said he was not aware that it was a drug.

Apart from Asif, the statement of the custom officer who intercepted the player was also recorded on Thursday.