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The Fake Sheikh Exposed

Panorama's John Sweeney investigates claims that journalist Mazher Mahmood, known as the Fake Sheikh, created crimes and fabricated evidence.

For decades, Mazher Mahmood exposed various personalities in the News of the World whilst posing as a fake sheikh. But after the collapse of the drugs trial of pop star Tulisa Contostavlos, a judge accused Mahmood of lying. Now, Panorama's John Sweeney speaks to some of his highest profile targets and the men who helped him expose them. They allege that the Fake Sheikh was the real crook, using sophisticated entrapment and even creating crimes and fabricating evidence.

30 minutes

Last on

Wed 12 Nov 2014 19:30


Role Contributor
Reporter John Sweeney
Producer Meirion Jones
Producer Owen Phillips
Editor Ceri Thomas