Peter Greste trial: Al Jazeera journalist found guilty-gets 7 yrs

Most disgusting and crazy verdict ever regarding journalists covering news anywhere EVER in this day and age.

7 bloody years jail for covering the political crisis in Egypt. Take note…Not supporting anyone, just covering like a good professional journo should. I have followed this since his arrest and have been very reluctant to get into international crimes as a whole. But this is an award-winning professional newsman from Australia. 

Greste’s father Juris , his mother Lois and brother Andrew must be devastated.

I have watched every single presser they have done live, showing solidarity, admiration, support, pride, and respect for Egypt yet asking for fairness.

This is all in the absence of proper evidential procedures, lack of legal representation, false video evidence unrelated to the charges the list goes on.

His elderly parents have maintained dignity and respect for the legal process and now surely they have earned the right to DEMAND action rather than request diplomatic action…Outrageous.Australia MUST make INVOKE all sanctions available against Egypt

Peter Greste trial: Al Jazeera journalist found guilty

Updated 4 minutes ago

Australian journalist Peter Greste and his Al Jazeera colleagues have been found guilty by an Egypt court of spreading false news and supporting the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood.

Greste and Mohamed Fahmy were sentenced to seven years in jail by a judge and Baher Mohamed was sentenced to 10 years. Three other journalists who were tried in absentia were handed 10-year sentences.

Middle East correspondent Hayden Cooper was in court for the verdict and said there was a look of despair on his brother Andrew Greste’s face.

Greste, along with his colleagues Fahmy and Mohamed, had been in detention since their arrest in late December.

Prosecutors were demanding the maximum penalty of between 15 and 20 years in jail for Greste and his co-accused.

Greste and his colleagues are among a group of 20 journalists charged by the Egyptian government in a case that has triggered international outrage about press freedom in Egypt.

Of that group, 16 are Egyptians accused with joining the Brotherhood, which was designated a terrorist organisation in the wake of the army ousting elected president Mohamed Morsi last July.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott appealed to Egypt’s new president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, to release Greste earlier today, saying the journalist was reporting on the Muslim Brotherhood not assisting them.

Peter Greste profile: Career of a foreign correspondent

Updated 3 minutes ago

An Egyptian court has sentenced Australian journalist Peter Greste to seven years in jail for collaborating with the banned Muslim brotherhood.

His two Al Jazeera colleagues, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, were sentenced to seven and 10 years respectively.

Greste and his colleagues were arrested in December last year on suspicion of illegally broadcasting news and harming “domestic security”.

The arrest, trial and judgment is the most recent chapter in the foreign correspondent’s career spanning more than 25 years.

Born in 1965, Greste spent his early years in Sydney before moving to Queensland at the age of 12 with parents Juris and Lois, and younger brothers Andrew and Mike.

His parents say a Rotary exchange trip to South Africa after high school triggered Greste’s interest in cultures, languages and travel.

He returned to Brisbane to study and graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism from the Queensland University of Technology in 1986.

In an interview with ABC’s Correspondents Report in 2005, Greste spoke of his admiration for Australian cameraman Neil Davis, who died in a coup in Thailand in 1985.

“Davis’s biography [was] the book that inspired me to leave home and become a foreign correspondent in the first place,” Greste said.

“He was, without doubt, one of the bravest and yet most cautious of men in this business awash with far too many cowboys and fools.”

From Brisbane to the Balkans

Greste launched his journalism career in regional Victoria before gaining further experience in Adelaide and Darwin.

He left Australia in 1991 to pursue his dream of becoming a foreign correspondent, working as a freelancer for Reuters TV, CNN, WTN and the BBC.


On assignment for the BBC in 1995, Greste worked as the Kabul correspondent covering the emergence of the Taliban.

After the September 11 attacks in 2001, he returned to Afghanistan to cover the war before continuing his work across the Middle East, Central Asia and Latin America.

In 2004, Greste relocated to Mombasa in Kenya, where he worked as a freelance journalist and photographer.

During his time in Kenya, Greste reported on the unlikely friendship between an orphaned baby hippo and a 130-year-old giant tortoise, which led to a children’s book.

In a 2011 interview with Ryan Kohls, Greste described his passion for photography.

“I write because I need to write for work. I enjoy it, obviously, or I wouldn’t do it,” he said.

“I get a lot more satisfaction out of the creativity of taking pictures.”

No stranger to tragedy

On assignment for BBC in 2005, Greste witnessed the death of his producer Kate Peyton, who was shot in the back while they were both standing outside a hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Greste reflected on Peyton’s death in an interview with the ABC’s Correspondents Report:

I was with her when she was shot.

We were working together on the story, just the two of us, and we both knew what we were getting into.

It was a risk we both judged to be worth taking, if only because so few reporters have been into Somalia in the past decade, and nobody can hope to make a considered judgment of either Africa or Islamic extremism without understanding why that country has remained so anarchic.

So when I’m asked, “Who cares what happens in a dusty poverty-stricken, anarchic backwater on a corner of Africa?” the answer is as simple as it is obvious: Kate Peyton cared.

He returned to Somalia in 2011 to film a BBC documentary about life in the war-ravaged nation, which won a prestigious Peabody Award.

For the past nine years he has worked as a correspondent for Al Jazeera in Africa, covering the Horn of Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and the Great Lake states.

‘Journalists are never supposed to become the story’

Greste left his home in Nairobi in December for a three-week stint in the Egyptian capital.

“This assignment to Cairo had been relatively routine – an opportunity to get to know Egyptian politics a little better,” he wrote from his prison cell in a piece published on his Al Jazeera blog.

Peter Greste

  • Born in Sydney in 1965
  • Graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 1986
  • Worked internationally for BBC, Reuters, CNN, WTN, Al Jazeera
  • Covered emergence of the Taliban and post-9/11 war in Afghanistan
  • Won 2011 Peabody Award for documentary Somalia: Land of Anarchy
  • Correspondent for Al Jazeera in Africa since 2005 covering Horn of Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and the Great Lake states

“But with only three weeks on the ground, [there was] hardly time to do anything other than tread water.”

Admitting he has produced work in the past that “involved lots of detailed investigation, considerable risk, and not a small amount of sweat”, Greste says this assignment was not one of those occasions.

Greste describes the Egyptian story as a “routine body of reporting on the political drama unfolding around us”, but he and two colleagues, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, found themselves at the centre of the international news landscape after their arrests on December 29.

“Journalists are never supposed to become the story,” he said.

“I had been in Cairo only two weeks before interior ministry agents burst through the door of my hotel room.

“I was at first genuinely confused and later even a little annoyed that it wasn’t for some more significant slight.”

Press freedom under question

Greste says he initially sought to fight his imprisonment “quietly from within”, but decided that was a “dangerous decision”.

“It validates an attack, not just on me and my two colleagues, but on freedom of speech across Egypt,” he wrote.

Greste’s search for “accuracy, fairness and balance” in his Egyptian reporting led him to the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

“How do you accurately and fairly report on Egypt’s ongoing political struggle without talking to everyone involved?” he wrote.

“We had been doing exactly as any responsible, professional journalist would – recording and trying to make sense of the unfolding events with all the accuracy, fairness and balance that our imperfect trade demands.”

The plight of the journalist and his colleagues has been met with support from international press.

In an open letter published by The Guardian, Greste has been described by BBC director of news and current affairs James Harding as a journalist of integrity.

The letter, co-signed by executives from international news organisations, calls for the journalist’s release.

“We know Peter Greste to be a fine, upstanding correspondent who has proved his impartiality over many years,” the letter said.

Peter Greste trial: Family strong in face of ‘psychological torture’

Posted 15 minutes ago

The seven-year sentence given to Peter Greste in Egypt marks yet another chapter in the “torturous” ordeal facing the Australian journalist’s family.

The despair on the face of Andrew Greste told the story, as the judge convicted his brother of collaborating with the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Peter Greste’s two Al Jazeera colleagues, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, were also convicted and sentenced to seven and 10 years in jail respectively.

The Greste family will now be forced to come to grips with the situation confronting them after months of uncertainty surrounding the foreign correspondent’s fate.

Greste’s mother Lois once described him as a “strong character”, but the resilience of the entire family has been on display since his arrest in late December.

Since Greste’s jailing in Egypt, his Queensland-based parents, Juris and Lois, have spoken often about their son’s plight and drawn on the strength of their supporters.

Greste and his Al Jazeera English colleagues were accused of spreading false news and aiding the Muslim Brotherhood. All three denied the charges.

Despite the difficult circumstances facing them, Juris and Lois have volunteered their voices to their son’s campaign.

“You find strength and skills that you never knew you had, and dare I say we’re drawing on each other and capabilities that we’ve never had to call upon,” Juris Greste previously told 7.30.

Lois Greste has also credited the Australian public with helping to get the family through the ordeal.

“It has been tremendous, otherwise truly we wouldn’t have been able to keep ourselves together and maintain the very intense campaign that this has turned into,” she said.

Greste’s brothers, Mike and Andrew, have both spent stints in Cairo offering support to their brother during the trial process.

Earlier this month, Mike Greste told AM the family was trying to keep its feelings in check.

“You just don’t have any expectations, it’s safer that way,” he said.

“I guess in some ways … it’s a shock to fear or think that they’re asking for the maximum [sentence] and that’s what Peter might receive.”

Trial process ‘a form of psychological torture’

But the long, drawn-out process has taken its toll on the family.

In April, a day after Greste was denied bail for the second time, Juris Greste spoke about the pain his son’s ongoing detention was causing the family.

“I don’t want to start debates about torture, what is torture, but really, this process is a form of psychological torture to the extended family,” he said.

“I don’t want to blow it out of all proportion, but it makes it look so painfully, so excruciatingly unnecessary.”

I am really amazed at how dignified they (the family) have been.

John Sneddon, Queensland lawyer


In March, Andrew Greste expressed his frustration at how long the process was taking, saying it was “tough” to leave his brother and return to Australia.

“There was a certain amount of regret and sadness that I left Cairo on my own because obviously I was hoping to be able to walk out of there together,” he said.

But the family’s poise in the face of adversity has been a constant throughout the ordeal.

Queensland lawyer John Sneddon, who represented Australian businessman Marcus Lee after he was charged with fraud in Dubai, praised the way Greste’s family handled the situation.

“I think everything the family is doing is correct,” he told ABC 612 Brisbane.

“I take my hat off to them. I think they are handling the matter very well.

“I am really amazed at how dignified they have been.”

A timeline of escalation: Al Jazeera in Egypt

Updated 1 hour 56 minutes ago

Since the military coup of July 2013, Al Jazeera says its staff have been subjected to systematic attacks, intimidation, arrests and confiscation of property.

June 28, 2013

Cameraman Mohammad Farhat is hospitalised for two weeks after being beaten by pro-regime “Baltagiya” gangs.

July 3, 2013

Egyptian authorities raid offices of Al Jazeera’s “Mubasher Misr” Arabic language channel and 28 employees are arrested.

All staff are released after six hours, with the exception of executive Ayman Gaballah, who is held for four days and released on bail.

Police also raid separate offices of Al Jazeera Arabic and a crew is detained in the bureau for six hours, while broadcast engineer Ahmad Hassan is imprisoned for four days.

Egypt Bureau chief Abdel Fattah Fayed is detained, and according to Al Jazeera, charged with “running an unlicensed satellite channel and transmitting news that could compromise Egypt’s national security”.

Fayad is released on bail.

July 12, 2013

Five Al Jazeera crew members are detained in Suez while reporting protests. They are detained by the military for “a few hours” before being released.

July 15, 2013

Cameraman Mohammad Badr is arrested.

August 14, 2013


Cameraman Mohammad El-Zaki is shot and wounded by snipers while covering protests at Cairo’s Rabaa Al-Adaweya Square.

Correspondent Abdullah Al-Shamy is arrested and detained.

Crew members Emadeldin Elsayed and Almuwahed Bellah are detained, beaten and have their equipment seized after covering a security forces crackdown on a pro-Morsi camp. They are later released.

August 27, 2013

Correspondent for the Al Jazeera English channel, Wayne Hay, cameraman Adil Bradlow, producers Russ Finn and Baher Mohamed are detained in Cairo.

Baher is released after two days. The others are deported to Britain after five days in custody.


August 2013

Al Jazeera English cameraman Mahdi Fattaouh and his driver are detained for a few hours and have their equipment confiscated while covering demonstrations.

August 29, 2013

Executive producer Shihab El-Ddin Shaarawi is detained for two days.

September 1, 2013

Account manager Mostafa Hawwa is detained in Cairo for a day.

December 29, 2013

Al Jazeera English correspondent Peter Greste, producers Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, and cameraman Mohamed Fawzy are arrested.

The arrests occur during a National Security Service raid on their makeshift bureau in a Cairo hotel and their equipment is confiscated.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop says the Australian Government is doing all it can to help Greste.

“Officials in Cairo have been contacted and they are providing direct consular assistance to him,” she said.


December 31, 2013

Cameraman Mohamed Fawzy is released but Greste, Fahmy and Mohamed remain in detention.

The detainees are accused of having links to a “terrorist organisation”, portraying Egypt in state of civil war, “airing false news” and working without a permit.

January 21, 2014

Al Jazeera Arabic correspondent Abdullah Al-Shamy, who has been in detention since August, begins a hunger strike.

February 4, 2014

Cameraman Mohammad Badr is acquitted of all charges and released.

April, 2014

Abdullah Al-Shamy is joined on a hunger strike by his wife.

May, 2014

Al Jazeera files Notice of Dispute against Egypt for breaching a 1999 investment treaty with Qatar, seeking $US150 million in compensation for the mistreatment of Al Jazeera journalists.

June, 2014

In a surprise development, Egypt’s public prosecutor orders the release of Abdullah Al-Shamy, who has been on hunger strike for more than 130 days in protest over his detention.

“I have won. Everyone who is a freedom fighter or a journalist doing his work credibly and honestly has won,” Al Jazeera quotes him as saying.

“I missed my freedom, I missed my life. My life stopped on August 14 at 6pm when I was moved to a place I did not wish to be.

“It is important to mention that this is only the beginning. I am more determined to carry on this struggle than before.”

Al-Shamy’s release comes 307 days after his arrest.

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A look at the shooting death of Policeman,William Crews at Bankstown

A look at the death of of a Policeman at Bankstown last night

TWO men have been charged with the fatal shooting of a police officer during

Slain policeman William Crews

a drug raid in Sydney last night.

A 55-year-old man has been charged with shooting with intent to murder and a 27-year-old man was charged with possessing an unauthorised firearm, the Daily Telegraph reports.

They were both refused bail and will appear in Bankstown Local Court today.

Six other men were interviewed and released pending further inquiries.

Constable William Crews, 26, an officer attached to the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad, died in hospital earlier this morning.

The officer was taking part in a search warrant relating to the sale of prohibited drugs when a number of shots were fired from an apartment block in Cairds Ave, Bankstown, just after 9pm.

The 26-year-old received gunshot wounds to the head and neck and suffered cardiac arrest at the scene, before being rushed to Liverpool Hospital in a critical condition.

In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, police wearing bulletproof vests patrolled the streets, telling residents to stay indoors as they tried to secure the unit block.

The shooting sparked a major police operation, with heavily armed officers swarming to the area, blocking off nearby streets as a police helicopter flew up ahead.

During the operation, which included members of the dog squad and police riot squad, eight people were arrested and were assisting police with inquiries this morning.

The arrests involved a siege situation with police negotiators called in to make sure everyone got out of the unit safely.

By 12.30am, the officers had finished a sweep of the area and Assistant Commissioner Frank Menelli said a critical incident team is now investigating after a “number of shots were discharged”, critically injuring the officer.

“There will be story of bravery to come out of this. I believe there were police and ambulance officers who treated him at the scene and got him out of there,” Mr Menelli said.

He could not say if police returned fire.

A witness who lives in Meredith St said that police told her the shooting happened “after a drug raid went wrong”.

When she asked if the officer was okay, he replied:

“I don’t think so.”

Another witness said dozens of police cars and the helicopter arrived within 20 minutes of the shooting and shut the whole area down.

“I had a big gathering at my house with more than a hundred people there,” the man said.

“Nobody heard a gunshot but when I came out on to the street the police officer ordered me to get away because a policeman had just been shot.”

The riot squad, armed with machineguns, went up the street to the apartment block just after 10pm.

Senior detectives arrived a short time later, including Deputy Commissioner Dave Owens and homicide squad boss Acting Superintendent Mick Sheehy.

Residents in nearby Cairds Ave, Carmen St, Reynolds Ave and parts of Meredith St – where the local police station is located – were ordered to stay indoors.

A resident said a police officer told her that someone was armed and that someone had been shot and residents should stay inside.

Hundreds of people huddled around the police tape at the scene, taking photos on their mobile phones before officers told them to evacuate the area.

How cricket match-fixing investigation started-Reporter Mazher Mahmood

My Say From the reporters own words this is how the sting happened, stay tuned for more on this massive scandal, will cricket ever be the same? I don’t think so..


THE INSIDE STORY: Reporter Mazher Mahmood tells how he got the tip-off

IT was back in January that I first received the phone call that would start my investigation.

A former member of the Pakistan cricket management team told me the England v Pakistan series would be rigged to ensure huge betting wins for crooked syndicates.

Indian bookmakers were effectively controlling games, telling a number of Pakistani stars what to do on the pitch. Once the paymasters knew what would happen in a game, they could rig the odds in their favour – and bet fortunes with other bookmakers who were not in the know.

The crucial extra piece of information I received in January was the name Mazhar Majeed, a millionaire businessman who acted as an agent for Pakistani players. I was told he was the fixer for the summer Test series in England.

We made a number of background checks on Majeed, but it wasn’t until August 8 that the investigation moved into top gear and I arranged to meet him, posing as a multi-millionaire businessman interested in holding a cricket tournament in the Middle East.

FIRST MEETING WITH FIXER, Park Lane Hilton, London, August 16

After weeks of preparation, we finally come face to face with Mazhar Majeed – the Croydon-born businessman and Pakistan players agent – in the opening innings of an investigation that would rock the cricket world.

In the plush hotel’s Podium restaurant, our team explain they are representing a business group interested in launching a new cricket tournament – and we need Majeed’s help to bring in the stars.

The smooth fixer instantly pounces, boasting about his links to the Pakistan team – and hints at the power he holds over them, telling us: “I manage quite a lot of the players.

“I do all their affairs, all their contracts, all their sponsorship, all their marketing. Everything really.”

He asks if we will put up a “million dollars” in prize money for the tournament and adds: “All the players would be up for that. Then not only will they come to play, they actually come to win.”

One player he does not want involved is Shahid Afridi, the veteran Pakistan captain in charge of the side in the one-day series.

Afridi was not one of the players Majeed had in his pocket.

“I could have signed Afridi five years ago. All the other players I know, you know like brothers. When they’re in England I see them every day. I go to Pakistan to stay with them. We are going out for dinner tonight actually, Edgware Road.”

THE FIXER: Players' agent Majeed during a car meeting at the Bombay Brasserie

THE FIXER: Players’ agent Majeed during a car meeting at the Bombay Brasserie

“But he (Afridi) is the kind of player who you have to kiss his a**e every day if you want to manage him. And I am not that kind of person.”

Our team are about to find out exactly the kind of person he is.

Our lead reporter in the probe, Mazher Mahmood, talks in passing of his connection to a syndicate in Singapore. He tells Majeed his players will be well paid for the tournament and asks him to have “a word” with them, mentioning the possibility of some betting involvement.

Majeed hints for the first time that several of his players are already involved in match-fixing

Majeed: They’re cool, they’re cool.

Reporter: If there’s two or three that are on for the other side, the betting side, then good luck. They’ll be really happy.

Majeed: There’s more than two or three. Believe me. It’s already set up. That’s already there.

The hour-long meeting – recorded by our investigators – closes with an initially suspicious Majeed now at ease, and ready to bite. He arranges to hook up with our team again at a restaurant two days later…

SECOND MEETING, Bombay Brasserie, London, August 18

Over plates of curry at an 8pm dinner meeting, Majeed begins to open up about his deep involvement in match-fixing. First, to impress our team, he calls Pakistan captain Salman Butt – fresh from playing in the Oval Test that day – on his mobile to check possible dates for the proposed tournament.

He outlines how he believes our Twenty20 cricket tournament in the Middle East will work, while name- dropping Premier League footballers, Hollywood superstars and pop singers.

But it is not the tournament that interests him. At the end of the meal as they leave the restaurant, Majeed gets our main man on his own for a secret chat in the back of the reporter’s car.

The workings of match-fixing, and the fact that his Pakistan players are already involved in it, spills out.

Cricket fixer Mazhar Majeed explains how games are rigged for betting

Majeed: OK, let’s just speak openly.

Reporter: Yeah, OK. Part of the reason (for the tournament) is the guys behind it are interested in making money gambling… .

Majeed: I do feel that I can speak to you about this, so I am going to speak to you about it. OK. Now, erm, yes, there is very big money in it.

Reporter: I know there was but they clamped down on match-fixing, I heard… . Which is why we thought we’d do our own tournament.

Majeed: They’ve toned down match-fixing a lot, yeah. They’ve made it very, very difficult in many ways. But obviously, you know, these guys (his players), they would not deal with anybody. The only reason they will deal with me is because they know I’m professional… I’ve been doing it with them, the Pakistani team now, for about two and a half years.

Reporter: OK.

Majeed: And we’ve made masses and masses amounts of money. I deal with an Indian party, yeah. They pay me for the information. So say, for example, just on to yesterday’s game…

Reporter: Today’s game? (The Third Test at the Oval was being played at the time).

Majeed: We do brackets for… you know what brackets are?

Reporter: No, explain to me.

Majeed: OK. Say, for example, a bracket would open in India, and it would open for, erm, 30 runs after ten overs, or 33 runs after ten overs. So what the players (crooked batsmen) would do is, for the first three overs, they would score a maximum of 13 or more runs in the first three overs.

Reporter: OK.

Majeed: So then the market then expects it to go high because they are scoring at a higher rate. Then the next SEVEN overs they would score 14 (in total, a much lower run rate) or less. So then the people who know the information (betting syndicates) would go low and make a hell of a lot of a killing.

Reporter: Right.

Majeed: Then there’s a bowling bracket… say, for example, Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Amir are bowling, yeah? Ten overs. The market opens at ten overs and, let’s say 32 runs. OK. So at the sixth over when he (the bowler) does that dead ball (where a bowler starts his run-up and then aborts it) my people know the 8th, 9th and 10th over, they (the bowlers) are going to concede more than 18 runs…

Everyone’s thinking ‘No, they’re not’ because they’re conceding only two or three runs an over – so the last three overs they let it all go and they make a killing.

Our man then raises the possibility of betting on when no-balls will happen – and Majeed talks of result- fixing, demanding up to a MILLION POUNDS to fix the outcome of a Test.

Reporter: Do we get information like there will be two no balls in the third over?

Majeed: Of course. You will get everything like that. Everything, and you get the indication to show that if it’s on or not. They’ll change gloves at a certain point.

Reporter: How’s this relayed, how is it going to work?

Majeed: Easy. It all comes through me. I do it all. We don’t do results that often. We do results now and again. The last one we did was against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup which was about two months ago. And you get a script as well.

Reporter: What does that mean, a script?

Majeed: In other words, this bowler is going to concede this many runs or more. This batsman’s going to do this.

Reporter: Right, so he’ll be out before 20?

Majeed: Exactly…

AGENT: Dining at the Bombay Brasserie

AGENT: Dining at the Bombay Brasserie

Reporter: How many players have you got (involved)?

Majeed: I’ve got six. (He later told us it was seven).

Reporter: In the Pakistan team currently?

Majeed: First-team players.

Majeed said there were betting brackets set up in India for the Oval Test Third Day – Friday, August 20 – then he outlined his prices ranging from Test and one-day internationals-fixing down to no-balls.

Majeed: We charge anything between 50 and 80,000 pounds per bracket. And for results, Twenty20 is about £400,000.

Reporter: Right.

Majeed: A Test Match, depending on the situation, can go up to a million pounds.

Reporter: Come on. How do you recover that, a million?

Majeed then talks of a fix he’d already worked in a Test match.

Majeed: Let me tell you the last Test we did. It was the Second Test against Australia in Sydney. Pakistan, on the last day… Australia had two more wickets left.

They had a lead of ten runs, yeah, and Pakistan had all their wickets remaining.

Reporter: Right.

Majeed: The odds for Pakistan to lose that match were I think 40-1. We let them get up to 150 in the morning, and then everyone lost their wickets.

Reporter: Right. OK, in that case you make good money.

Majeed: That one we made 1.3 million (dollars).

Reporter: OK, but that’s a rare event.

Majeed: No, no, no, with Tests, with Tests is where the biggest money is because those situations arise. That’s where the money is.

But we now are not going to do any results for the next two games (against England) because we want Salman Butt to be captain for long term.

Reporter: Right. But a few no-balls doesn’t make any difference, does it?

Majeed: Oh no-balls is easy. You can’t make that much money anyway. If you wanted no-balls you could probably get up to £10,000 each. But in terms of results, one-day matches results are about £450,000.

Depending on the game, on who we are playing. Sometimes it can be £300,000. The max it can be is 450, that’s the max. But you can speak to any bookie in India and they will tell you about this information and how much they’ll pay (to manipulate their odds because they know the outcome). You can make millions.

Reporter: Well, let’s do it.

Majeed: You can make absolutely millions, millions. But I know for example now, yeah, we’re doing two results coming up soon, within a month. Yeah.

Majeed advised our man against betting online because it was too regulated and explained the millions of pounds placed with Indian bookies is “unbelievable”. Then he told us how he would give us the information on two no-balls to be bowled at the Oval for the sum of £10,000.

Majeed: I will tell you on Friday what the no-ball is going to be. I’ll give you two if you want.

Reporter: We’ll pay the ten grand, no problem.

Majeed: And then once you paid that then I know that it’s real, yeah.

Reporter: OK, so on Thursday night then let’s meet.

The fixer then boasted that the players in his pocket would keep their mouths shut – because THEY were the ones who had the idea of fixing matches in the first place.

Majeed: They were the ones who actually approached me about this. This is the beauty of it.

I was friends with them for four, five years and then they said this happens. I said really? And I was so innocent to it. So really this happens? Bloody hell!”

Our man then gave Majeed a lift to the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, where the players had been staying – players he would meet at the next rendezvous in The Fix.