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Updated: November 9, 2011 11:49 IST

Butt appeals against sentence

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Former Pakistan cricketer Salman Butt arrives at Southwark Crown Court after being found guilty of match fixing charges, in London on Thursday.
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Former Pakistan cricketer Salman Butt arrives at Southwark Crown Court after being found guilty of match fixing charges, in London on Thursday.

Jailed Pakistani cricketer Salman Butt has filed an appeal against his 30-month sentence, a media report claimed on Wednesday.

Found guilty in spot-fixing scam, Butt was handed the prison term by a London Court along with teamates Mohammed Asif and Mohammad Amir.

Asif was given a one-year sentence while Amir got six months in young offenders detention centre.

“It’s taken a few days to prepare the necessary paperwork and I can confirm that the appeal has now been submitted against the sentence that Salman received. We now await confirmation of when the appeal will be heard,” PakPassion.net quoted a source close to the cricketer a saying.

The source further added that “Butt was undoubtedly finding prison extremely difficult and was missing his family terribly. He’s yet to see any of his family from Pakistan and is desperate to see them soon, especially his new born son, who was born an hour before the guilty verdicts were delivered by the jury.”

The source also said that Butt wants to be shifted to an open prison from the closed one.

“It’s an extremely difficult time for him and we all pray for his well being. An application has been submitted for Salman to be moved to a less harsh, open prison and we await a decision in this regard. We all hope that he is out of Wandsworth prison soon, but a process has to be followed before he can be moved,” the source said.

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