Bid to keep ‘fake sheikh’ secret


Published: Friday 7th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Lawyers for “Fake Sheikh” Mazher Mahmood are expected to apply for a High Court injunction today to prevent a planned BBC documentary revealing his identity or current whereabouts.

A Panorama programme featuring the undercover investigative journalist is due to be shown on BBC1 on Monday.

A reporter has spoken to some of the highest profile targets of Mr Mahmood, who exposed various personalities while working at the now defunct News of the World, and using his disguise as a sheikh.

However, after the collapse of the drugs trial of pop star Tulisa Contostavlos, a judge accused Mr Mahmood of lying.

The programme has interviewed his targets, and the men who helped him expose them, to provide an examination of his methods.

Dismissing the Tulisa case in July, Judge Alistair McCreath gave a damning ruling saying there were ”strong grounds” to believe Mr Mahmood ”told me lies” and had been ”manipulating the evidence”.

Mr Mahmood claims to have helped secure more than 90 criminal convictions in a career spanning 30 years.

But he was suspended by The Sun following the collapse of the Tulisa trial and a number of cases in which he was set to be a witness have been dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Published: Friday 7th November 2014 by The News Editor

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