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January 3, 2015

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Did Scotland Yard Cover-Up Beckham Kidnap Evidence So The Fake Sheikh Could Be Their Star Witness?

The gun supplier of Mazher Mahmood’s failed Victoria Beckham kidnap plot was NEVER contacted by Scotland Yard investigating Mahmood in Operation Canopus in 2005 – despite the five defendants spending up to eight months on remand before being released after the case collapsed when it was discovered News of the World had paid the key…

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January 3, 2015

By Eliot Higgins

Did Russia Send a New Batch of Military Vehicles to Separatists Controlled Ukraine?

On December 31st 2014 the following video was shared on various social media sites, showing what was claimed to be Russian military units inside Ukraine. Of particular interest were BPM-97 mine-resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles that feature briefly in the video. These Russian vehicles are not used by the Ukrainian military, and their presence inside Ukraine would…

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December 22, 2014

By Eliot Higgins

Herkomst van de Buk van de separatisten: Een onderzoek van Bellingcat, nu beschikbaar in het Nederlands

Op 8 november bracht Bellingcat een rapport uit met daarin bewijs dat de Buk-lanceerinstallatie, die in verband wordt gebracht met het neerhalen van MH17 in Oekraïne, afkomstig was van het Russische leger en eind juni vertrokken was naar de Oekraïense grens. Met het onderzoeken van bewijs uit openbare bronnen was het Bellingcat MH17 onderzoeksteam erin geslaagd om de verplaatsingen van de Buk-lanceerinstallatie op 17 juli, in door separatisten gecontroleerd gebied, in kaart te brengen. Dit geldt ook voor de route van de Buk toen deze deel uitmaakte van een konvooi, dat in de periode 23 juni – 25 juni in Rusland was vetrokken van Koersk naar Millerovo, nabij de grens met Oekraïne.

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December 11, 2014

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Mazher Mahmood: Just Like Phone Hacking, the Met Narrows the Investigation

Metropolitan police’s Operation Silverhawk, an investigation into Sun on Sunday’s Fake Sheikh Mazher Mahmood is being led by Commander Martin Hewitt – who was one the senior investigators in Operation Varec which was part of John Yates discredited investigation into phone hacking at Mahmood’s News of the World in 2010. Minutes from ‘Gold’ Group meeting which was chaired by Yates shows Commander Hewitt present as one the more senior investigators in the team at a meeting in September that year.

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December 5, 2014

By Peter Jukes

A Tale of the Fake Sheikh and Two Attorney Generals: Limited Police Inquiries and Damage Limitation

Yesterday, the CPS announced it has dropped three cases and is re-investigating another 25 after a BBC Panorama documentary detailed the potentially questionable ways one of News UK’s most senior and prolific reporters, Mazher Mahmood, obtained his stories using his famous Fake Sheikh identity. The night before, at the second Leveson memorial lecture delivered by…

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November 20, 2014

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Mazher Mahmood: Silence from Met, CPS and Attorney General as Lord Goldsmith Calls for Re-examination – Whilst Beckham Kidnap Lawyer Calls for an Inquiry

Last week, BBC finally aired the long awaited Panorama exposure of Sun on Sunday reporter Mazher Mahmood after a two week battle between lawyers from both camps at the high court before the judge eventually ruling against Mahmood’s application for injunction to halt the programme. What was most surprising of all was the somewhat bizarre…

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