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Asif appears before prosecutor

cricket Updated: Jun 05, 2008 18:35 IST

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Detained Pakistani pacer Mohammad Asif on Thursday appeared before public prosecutor in Dubai but will have to wait until Sunday to know if he is going to be charged for possession of drugs.

After laboratory reports of the substance recovered from him was received by the authorities, Asif appeared before the public prosecutor and the issue has been deferred to Sunday, Shafqat Naghmi, chief operating officer of the Pakistan Cricket Board, told a news conference in Lahore.

Though Naghmi did not disclose the substance recovered from Asif in the airport, a Dubai daily said it was hashish, while Pakistani television channels claimed it to be opium.

"His medical reports have been received but we cannot disclose details about them because only our lawyer in Dubai knows what has come in them," Naghmi told reporters.

"But now this issue has been deferred to Sunday and we are still trying our best to resolve this issue and get Asif back home," he said.

Naghmi said Asif told the board that authorities at the Dubai airport had recovered some medicines from him, which were given to him by a Hakeem for his elbow injury and better health.

"That is what he has told us but we don't know the exact nature of this medicines he is talking about," Naghmi said.

He also denied that the board was using government and diplomatic channels to get Asif released from detention.

"That is not correct. We have hired a law firm, which is handling the issue. Our lawyer will meet with the prosecutor this evening for more details off the case," Naghmi said.