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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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November 17, 2014

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

An Open Letter to Lars Klevberg, The Norwegian Film Institute and Arts Council Norway

We the undersigned express our condemnation at the deceptive nature of the film directed by Lars Klevberg and funded by the Norwegian Film Institute and Arts Council Norway about Syria. It is reckless and irresponsible to distribute a fictional film as real footage thus belittling the very real suffering of Syria’s children and the very…

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November 17, 2014

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Mazher Mahmood Lawyers Kingsley Napley: Private Entrappers Like Fake Sheikh “Often Go Beyond Law Enforcement Officers”

A law firm acting for Mazher Mahmood once described the law on private entrapment such as Sun on Sunday’s Fake Sheikh as “perverse” – in comparison to the law that “protects against the state causing citizens to commit illegal acts.” David Sleight, a criminal lawyer for Kingsley Napley, under the title of ‘The Law Regarding…

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November 14, 2014

By Veli-Pekka Kivimäki

Russian State Television Shares Fake Images of MH17 Being Attacked

On Friday November 14th, Russian state television ran a story of supposed foreign satellite images showing the last moments of flight MH17, with a fighter jet appearing to fire at the plane. Suspicions arose immediately on Twitter, and inconsistencies were pointed out, quickly leading to the conclusion the image is a crude fabrication. To start, the image…

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November 14, 2014

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Why Is Mazher Mahmood Being Investigated By The Same People He Worked With?

Suspended Sun on Sunday reporter Mazher Mahmood is being investigated by the same Crown Prosecution Service unit that signed off his now questionable cases in the first place. Rather than call in a unit based outside London, the CPS Special Case Work are investigating Mahmood and effectively themselves, and its not clear if past Mahmood…

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November 12, 2014

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Mazher Mahmood Claims BBC “Irresponsible” – But He Has Collapsed 16 Cases Since July

By Joe Public Sun on Sunday reporter Mazher Mahmood released a statement yesterday attacking BBC for being “irresponsible” and “not in public interest” who are “hell bent” to broadcast Panorama exposing his career as a fake sheikh entrapping targets before shopping them to police. In what seems like his final attempt to the stop public broadcaster,…

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