Celebrity Hypnotist Appeals ‘Fake Sheikh’ Convictions

Celebrity Hypnotist Jonathan Royle has submitted renewed Grounds of Appeal to the Royal Courts of Justice in relation to his two ‘Fake Sheikh’ Mazher Mahmood related convictions for delivery of counterfeit coins.

These two convictions, which his lawyers claim are unsafe and of which he has always protested his innocence, resulted following a March 1998 article in the now shut down and disgraced “News of the World” newspaper.

The Fake Sheikh
Following the July 2014 collapse of Pop Star Tulisa Contostavlos’ drugs trial, Royle along with other potential victims of Mazher Mahmood’s dishonest and illegal activities were sent a disclosure pack by the Crown Prosecution Service.

His lawyers at the time then submitted the case to the Criminal Cases Review Commission, an application which was finally rejected in June 2018.

Since then Royle has been seeking legal advice and also obtaining further evidence, which he says include “documents that illustrate that vital evidence was never forensically tested despite claims by the CPS to the contrary.”

In a statement issued today, Royle’s camp says: “The documents illustrate errors and inaccuracies galore in the original proceedings against him, along with strong evidence that the CPS and Police failed to disclose vital evidence to him at the time of his arrest and court proceedings.”

All of this is covered in the Renewed Grounds of Appeal sent to the Royal Courts of Justice which given the Bank Holiday will arrive with them on Tuesday 28th May 2019.

Furthermore, Royle has sent letters to the MET Police, CPS, Attorney General, Minister for DCMS, Shadow Minister for DCMS and other parties ‘demanding an official inquiry into the dishonesty, deception and illegal methods used by Mazher Mahmood’ and also urging that Leveson Inquiry Part Two should be reinstated.

Mazher Mahmood was an undercover journalist who has been accused of setting people up for stories. He was convicted of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice relating to the Tulisa case and was jailed in 2016.

Royle, a stage hypnotist, has previously done media alongside the Spice Girls, Robert De Niro, and Princess Diana. His 1999 convictions were under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act after he met Mahmood at a hotel in Manchester and handed over £1,000 in counterfeit coins, in which he claims was a publicity stunt.

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