‘Fake sheikh’ Mazher Mahmood charged over Tulisa trial
29 September 2015
From the section UK
Undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood, known as the “fake sheikh”, has been charged with conspiring to pervert the course of justice over the collapsed trial of singer Tulisa Contostavlos.
He is alleged to have “misled the court” during the drugs trial, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.
Mr Mahmood said in a statement that he denied the offence and would “vigorously contest it at court”.
He has been charged alongside Alan Smith, who was his driver.
Former News of the World reporter Mr Mahmood, who often posed as a sheikh during his investigations, claims to have helped put more than 100 criminals behind bars during his 25-year career.
Nick Vamos, of the CPS, said: “After carefully considering all of the evidence the CPS has decided that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to charge both men.
“This decision comes after it was alleged that Mr Smith agreed with Mr Mahmood to change his statement to police as part of a trial in July 2014, and that Mr Mahmood then misled the court.”
Former N-Dubz singer Miss Contostavlos, 27, had gone on trial at Southwark …read more
Source:: BBC UK