LONDON: The British Metropolitan Police charged Mazhar Mahmood and Alan Smith for perversion of the course justice on Tuesday.
Deputy Head of Special Crime at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Nick Vamos said, “The CPS has today, Tuesday 29 September, charged Mazhar Mahmood and Alan Smith with conspiring to pervert the course of justice after a full file of evidence was submitted by the Metropolitan Police on 5 June this year.”
In light of all the evidence against the accused, the CPS decided that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that it is in the public interest to charge both men.
Accused Alan Smith agreed with Mazhar Mahmood to change his statement given to police as part of a trial in July 2014, and in light of the changed statement, Mahmood then misled the court.
Mahmood offered a British pop star that he would get her a role in Bollywood and offered the star cocaine, and then later misled the court. After proceedings that spanned over a year, Mahmood has now been charged.
“Mazher Mahmood and Alan Smith will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 30 October.” Vamos added.
In 2014, a BBC documentary exposed Mazhar Mahmood as the ‘Fake Sheikh’ who trapped Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt, Muhammad Amer and Muhamamd Asif in spot fixing.
He has exposed numerous alleged crimes and wrongdoings, often by posing as a ‘Sheikh’, targeting royals, sports stars, politicians and celebrities.
Mahmood also tried to destroy Pakistani cricket by encouraging criminality.
Mazhar Mahmood was exposed in a BBC documentary, despite an 11th hour attempt to block the broadcaster from showing his image but the BBC won the legal battle.
In the programme it was disclosed that Mazhar Mahmood tricked people into committing crimes for his stories, including Pakistani cricket stars.
BBC in its documentary says that it exposed ‘Fake Sheikh’ by showing his images to make it more difficult for him to entrap people in the future.