The charges relate to the 2012 libel trial in London's High Court in which Cairns successfully sued Indian Premier League boss Lalit Modi over allegations he had been involved in match fixing.

Cairns told New Zealand's Fairfax Media today "I have now been notified by the Crown Prosecution Service in the U.K. that it is their intention to lay charges against me on 25 September for perjury."
He but told Fairfax media "at least there will now be an opportunity to face my accusers in an open that I can clear my name once and for all."
Cairns had previously described allegations of his involvement in match fixing as "despicable lies." He was named by former New Zealand test batsman Lou Vincent as Mister X — the former star player that lured Vincent into match fixing with promises of substantial cash rewards.
Vincent has since admitted manipulating the outcome of matches in 12 countries and has received 11 life bans from cricket for those activities.
Cairns responded to Vincent's allegations by saying "I have never match-fixed or sought to have others match fix." He said Vincent was a cheat "who now seeks to portray himself as a whistleblower. He is nothing of the sort."
He was also reportedly implicated by current New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum in testimony given to anti-corruption officials and leaked to England media. Cairns questioned the credibility of those allegations, saying McCullum had waited three years before raising the alleged approach with investigators.
"I hope that, through this forum, significant additional information will be flushed out that will help people to better assess the situation, as well as the character and motives of the parties involved," Cairns said.
"Having been to Court before, I know what lies ahead and how grueling it will be and how tough it is on my family but I have nothing to hide and I will do whatever it takes to once again prove my innocence," he said.

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