Sunday, January 15, 2012

#MET Police Corruption In 2005 - Did The News Of The World Spike The Investigation ?


Investigating police corruption is a difficult task given that all the levers of the State are in place to protect the police and that includes the largely tame press. And the IPCC whitewash brigade can never be trusted to expose police corruption.

In 2005, I approached Mahzer Mahmood, who had a ‘reputation’ as the number one investigative journalist in Britain.

An old contact Dan Evans worked at the NOTW and he had provided me with first rate information when he worked for the Sunday Mirror in June 2003.
There was much at stake and approaching the NOTW was a risk but it had to be taken in the public interest. There was only one way to ascertain if the rumours were true…

I called on Maz Mahmood with a view to exposing the police corruption. Given the sex angle to the story, I reasoned The Screws would bite. Mahmood was interested and delegated his colleague Kishan to do the leg work. His policy was to minimise contact in the event things went tits up forgive the pun.

Kishan gave his surname as ‘da Silva’ but it seemed unlikely. I checked Mahmood’s background history and found a Kishan Athulathmudali. They had worked together on the Countess of Wessex story in 2001. Max Clifford was the fixer on that failed entrapment more