Former undercover reporter for the News of the World and the Sun on Sunday, Mazher Mahmood (C), arrives at the Old Bailey, in London, Britain Sept. 19, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
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Mazher Mahmood, one of Britain's best known undercover reporters renowned for his "fake sheikh" sting operations that have even caught out royalty, tampered with evidence in a criminal trial to protect his reputation, prosecutors said Wednesday.Prosecutor Sarah Forshaw said Mahmood, who called himself the "king of the sting," had a vested interest in Contostavlos being found guilty as his own journalistic practices were on trial.Shortly before her trial, Mahmood's driver Smith told a police officer of a conversation between Contostavlos and her personal assistant during which she made clear her disapproval of drugs.However, the following day after sending a copy of his statement to Mahmood and following a "flurry" of contact between the two men, Smith revised his police statement to remove reference to that conversation.
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