Tulisa's barrister says Fake Sheikh conviction will allow Sven Goran Eriksson and others to come forward

'Fake Sheikh': 'There’s now a platform for others to come forward and say the same thing happened to us', says leading barrister

Mazher Mahmood was found guilty at the Old Bailey Central Criminal Court (Getty)

Thursday, October 6, 2016

The conviction of investigative journalist Mazher Mahmood, known as the "Fake Sheikh", will allow others to come forward, according to the barrister who represented pop star Tulisa Contostavlos in the case.

Mahmood has been found guilty of conspiring to pervert the course of justice by altering evidence used in the drugs trial of Tulisa, a former presenter of The X Factor. 

Former England football manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has already set he will sue Mahmood, and barrister Jeremy Dein QC told Julia Hartley-Brewer others may follow.

"Tulisa was at the height of her fame at the time of the Sun's sting which is why they carried it out," he explained. "It seriously jeopardised her career, if not ruined it.

"People who have been locked up in the past are now able to say there is compelling evidence that this man was prepared to lie on oath in order to secure a wrongful conviction, so there’s now a platform for others to come forward and say 'the same thing happened to us.'"

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