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    August 31, 2006

    Herschelle Gibbs finds Delhi police arses hard to crack

    In an interview with Sports Illustrated South Africa's editor Mark van Dijk, Herschelle Gibbs reveals that he will not be saying anything new to the Delhi police, who opened up a South African Pandora's box in April 2000. It is almost certain that he will play in the ICC Champions Trophy in India. He claims that he will merely be repeating what he told the King Commission of Inquiry.
    Ja, man! And I've got the 18 questions that they want to ask me. It's basically exactly the same stuff that I answered at the King Commission. I'll just be repeating myself.
    So do tell us Herschelle, if you were just going to repeat yourself, why have you, and Nicky Boje, evaded touring India since 2000? The other interesting aspect about the interview is that he's announced that Nicky Boje won't be touring, since he won't be part of the squad!
    Mmm-hmm. Ja, you see, Nicky's situation is slightly different, because I don't think he's going to be playing in India again; he's not going to be in the squad. So he doesn't really have much. for him it's more a case of clearing his name than anything else.
    I haven't yet seen any report indicating that Nicky Boje is injured and ruled out of action. I haven't yet seen a squad announcement by South Africa for the tournament. Is he spilling some beans?

    I still can't see why he and Boje, and the South African board for that matter, are so defensive about this. This is part of an investigation. This does not imply they will be arrested. In fact, I don't even know if South Africa and India have an extradition treaty for Gibbs and Boje to be taken into custody in India. Even if they do have an extradition treaty, implementing it is the real nightmare for law officials.
    Thus spake Jagadish @ 1:33 PM |
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    I think it's absolutely hilarious that he thinks they are being 'hard arses' by wanting to question him in the country in which the investigation is taking place.

    By Anonymous Geoff (31-Aug-2006, 2:44:00 PM)  

    It tells me how much he likes being on the right side of law enforcement agencies. Interrogation in a third country? How about in a dwarf planet?

    By Blogger Jagadish (31-Aug-2006, 6:43:00 PM)  

    You don't need to extradite someone to the country if they're already in it; that's the whole point. If I go to the States and stab someone, they don't need to ring the Met to see if it's all right to arrest me, they just do it. Unless I stab a liberal, of course, then they probably just give me pie.

    It's not like cricketers have diplomatic immunity. They'd have to occasionally be a bit diplomatic, and have you *heard* Graeme Smith?

    By Anonymous Simon (31-Aug-2006, 7:29:00 PM)  

    simon: Ok fair enough. So that's why Gibbs & Boje have avoided stepping into Indian soil. Maybe we could trick them by getting them to have the interrogation within the Indian High Commission in Johannesburg. Technically that's Indian territory :)

    By Blogger Jagadish (01-Sep-2006, 12:22:00 AM)  

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