Gibbs could be interrogated again by Delhi Police

November 16th, 2011 - 9:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Johannesburg, Nov 16 (IANS) South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs, who was banned for six months for his involvement in the 2000 match fixing, could be interrogated by the Delhi Police again but his lawyer Peter Whelan said the cricketer has already informed the Indian authorities all he knew in 2006.

Whelan was confident that Gibbs would emerge unscathed from the 2000 case, also involving then South African captain Hansie Cronje, who died later.

Delhi Police are waiting for a report on the authenticity of tape recordings of cellphone conversations that allegedly took place between Cronje and a London-based bookmaker, Sanjeev Chawla.

Cronje and Gibbs confessed to the King commission in 2000 that they had conspired to manipulate events during matches in return for cash.

“When Herschelle and I went to India, we made a full disclosure to the police,” Whelan was quoted as saying by Business Day.

Whelan said he doubted the quality of the evidence against Gibbs.

“They had absolutely nothing. My personal view is that those tapes do not exist. In fact, I asked the police that pointedly and they ducked the question,” he said.

When asked if Gibbs would co-operate with the investigation, Whelan said: “I doubt it - there is such a thing in our law as double jeopardy. But if they come with a proper warrant I would consider it.”

The Delhi police had asked the South African authorities to submit Gibbs’s bank for details of his accounts.

“That’s nonsense. But if they want to talk to Herschelle’s bankers, bring it on,” Mr Whelan said.

Cronje, who died in an aircraft crash in 2002, was banned from cricket for life. Gibbs and fast bowler Henry Williams were handed six-month bans and fined.

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