'Fake Sheikh' Mazher Mahmood may face fresh scrutiny from CPS, lawyer tells George Galloway

Fake Sheikh: 'Lawyers will now check if their clients were also wrongfully convicted', John Cooper QC tells George Galloway

Mazher Mahmood at the Old Bailey (Getty)

Monday, October 24, 2016

The so-called 'Fake Sheikh' may face fresh scrutiny from Britain's Crown Prosecution Service following his imprisonment for tampering with evidence in the drugs trial of Tulisa Contostavlos, according to a leading lawyer.

Mazher Mahmood was jailed for 15 months for changing a police statement in the trial of the former X-factor judge, having been found guilty of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

John Cooper QC told George Galloway: "I think the prosecutor will be looking into this to see if there are other cases which can be brought against him."

Cooper also suggested Mahmood may face a number of private prosecutions. Former England football manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, who claims he lost the job as a result of a 'sting' by Mahmood in 2006, has already said he will sue the veteran tabloid journalist.

"A number of other defence lawyers this weekend will look at their old cases and their old clients who went down as a result of Mr Mahmood's evidence and carefully considering whether they were wrongful convictions."

Listen to the full interview above