'Fake Sheikh' Mazher Mahmood jailed for 15 months for Tulisa evidence-tampering

Mazher Mahmood seen outside his trial (Getty)

Friday, October 21, 2016

'Fake Sheikh' Mazher Mahmood has been jailed for 15 months for tampering with evidence in the drugs trial of former X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos.

Mahmood, 53, was found guilty of plotting to pervert the course of justice earlier this month, after jurors concluded he and his driver Alan Smith had changed a police statement in the trial of Contostavlos, which collapsed.

Tulisa had been accused of arranging for a dealer to sell Mahmood £800 of cocaine, following a sting set up by the Sun on Sunday in May 2013.Mahmood had posed as a film producer and promised Tulisa a role in a movie alongside Leonardo di Caprio while plying her with alcohol.

Tulisa allegedly told Smith about a family member with a drugs problem as he drove her home to Hertfordshire following the 'meeting' with Mahmood. When police interviewed Smith about the journey in 2014, he mentioned this - but then changed his statement to remove any reference to the conversation after consulting with Mahmood. 

Since Mahmood was found guilty, a series of high-profile public figures including former England football manager Sven-Goran Eriksson have subsequently said they will sue the self-styled 'King of the Sting' for his undercover work against them.