THE GOVERNMENT has declined to answer questions about a legal bid to stop the BBC Panorama exposé of Sun reporter Mazher Mahmood.
Attorney General Jeremy Wright tried to persuade the Corporation not to broadcast the investigation.
Wright is a political appointee and attends Cabinet.
No. 10 said it didn’t “comment on legal advice provided by law officers.”
The BBC ignored the pressure and transmitted the “Fake Sheik: Exposed” programme on November 12.
Another public body, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is refusing to answer an allegation that it gave out false information about the case.
Sources claim CPS officials said at the end of October that a charging decision on Mahmood was due within two weeks.
Today, two months later, no decision has been announced …
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police have been treating Mahmood himself with kid gloves.
Press Gang has learnt detectives from Operation Silverhawk — the investigation into Mahmood’s false testimony in the Tulisa Contostavlos trial last July — decided not to arrest him.
Instead, officers arranged an appointment with him and his lawyer.
He was interviewed under caution.
No warrant was sought to search his home in West London.
Mahmood’s “kid glove” treatment is in stark contrast to the “iron fist” used for Contostavlos.
She was arrested just two days after he published an article accusing her of conspiracy to supply drugs.
Her arrest — based solely on Mahmood’s evidence — took place by appointment at a police station.
Police also obtained a warrant and searched her home.
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