Chris Cairns' lawyer, friend bailed after arrest

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 09:15 28/03/2014
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CHRIS CAIRNS: The former Black Caps star has confirmed he has been contacted by New Zealand and British police about fresh allegations of match-fixing.

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A lawyer and friend of former Black Caps star Chris Cairns has been released on bail in London after being arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Andrew Fitch-Holland was arrested yesterday "in relation to a civil matter", according to police.

No charges have been laid against Fitch-Holland.

The lawyer appeared as a witness at a libel case in the London High Court in 2012 which Cairns won against Indian cricket powerbroker Lalit Modi over allegations of match-fixing in the Indian Cricket League.

Much of the case revolved around Cairns' exit from the now-defunct league. Cairns attributed that to injury while Modi raised the spectre of match-fixing.

The judge found no evidence to support Modi's allegations that Cairns had been involved in match-fixing and ordered Modi to pay Cairns damages and costs.

Cairns yesterday confirmed he had been contacted by New Zealand and British police about fresh allegations of match-fixing that emerged in December and was happy to co-operate with them. He maintained his innocence.
The news of Fitch-Holland's arrest was revealed by Britain's Telegraph newspaper yesterday.

Their cricket writer Nick Hoult today told Radio New Zealand it could be "many months" before Fitch-Holland was either charged or had the bail order lifted.

Hoult believed the focus of the police investigation was the libel case and not the allegations of match-fixing.

Cairns has been linked to an International Cricket Council investigation over allegations of match-fixing that emerged late last year.

Fellow Black Caps and team-mates from Cairns' Chandigarh Lions team, Lou Vincent and Daryl Tuffey, have also been named in that investigation.

Vincent and Tuffey have already been contacted by authorities and are co-operating with the investigation. 

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