Lawyer jailed for bribing witnesses
18 January 2013
A Bradford solicitor has been jailed for five years after flying around the world bribing witnesses to withdraw their testimony against his client. Just like that, it's another card in the infamous Dodgy Solicitor
Majed Iqba's client, Yasar Hussain, used 8,000 mocked-up cans to convince a string of Middle Eastern businessmen that he owned the rights to market a Duracell energy drink. In fact all Hussain actually owned was a bunch of tin cans, but apparently that was enough to attract £300k of investment. Eventually he was rumbled, and arrested for fraud.
||Duracell gives you |wings five years
According to The Telegraph & Argus
, police caught criminal solicitor Iqba at Manchester airport with a memory stick containing footage
of himself paying £133,000 in bribes to four of Hussain's victims. Iqbal's barrister told the court that it was "difficult to
understand how a solicitor such as Majed Iqbal finds himself in this
". But not that difficult in Iqbal's case: he already had
convictions from before he qualified for theft, assault, obtaining property by deception and obtaining property using a stolen credit card number (12 counts).
Iqbal was found guilty of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. But Iqbal's client Hussain, presumably fuelled by Red Bull, did a runner on the first day of
his trial and is still missing.