Cairns granted unconditional bail after appearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court

Cairns could spend up to seven years in prison if found guilty of perjury

Cairns could spend up to seven years in prison if he is found guilty of perjury

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Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns has been released on unconditional bail after appearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court last Thursday.

Cairns appeared in court after he was recently charged with perjury in relation to the 2012 libel trial against former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi. Cairns was awarded £90,000 in damages after Modi tweeted that the former Blackcap had been involved in match-fixing.

However, the case has now been moved to Southwark Crown Court, which deals with criminal cases, and has been adjourned until October 16.

Cairns was charged with perjury for making a false statement while in court. Under the Perjury Act, Cairns could be sent to prison for up to seven years.

Meanwhile, Andrew Fitch-Holland, who is a barrister, has also been granted unconditional bail after he was charged with perverting the course of justice.

Fitch-Holland was slapped with the charge after he asked ex-New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent, who was recently banned for life after admitting that he had been involved in match-fixing, to provide a false witness statement which supported Cairns during the 2012 libel trial.

Both men appeared in the dock and only spoke to confirm their personal details.

Their legal representatives revealed that the charges against them will be “fully contested”.

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