Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) May 26, 2009 -- Britain's most notorious undercover reporter, Mazher Mahmood, has forced Buckingham Palace security to come under review. Investigations Editor from the News of the World, gained access to the palace, in his favourite form of disguise - an Arab Sheik.
Mahmood states he was given a private tour of the palace's transport fleet, in exchange for a mere 1000 pound, to a chauffeur, Brian Sirjisingh.
Posing as inquisitive Middle Eastern businessmen, Mahmood and his colleague gained wide-ranging access to royal limousines, including the Queen's personal Rolls-Royce and Daimler. The pair report they were admitted unchallenged, to the Royal Mews.
They not only photographed and videoed the royal fleet, including the number plates of the vehicles, but were permitted to sit unchaperoned in one of the vehicles, long enough to have planted a bomb. They were given official code names and details of the security's weaknesses.
Mr. Sirjisingh has been suspended pending an investigation, says the Palace.
The Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales are required to present ID photos each time they enter a royal residence, yet two disguised reporters easily gained access.
Ryan Parry, an undercover reporter for the Daily Mirror, got a job as a footman in the palace and revealed extensive details of royal domesticity, in 2003.
Mahmood has been given the title 'fake sheikh' as he often uses this disguise, so as to gain his target's trust. He authored the book called 'Confessions of a Fake Sheik â The King Of The Sting Reveals All'.
Mahmoods targets have been wide and varied. They include corrupt government ministers and police officers, Home Office officials, actresses, football stars, arms and drug dealers, pimps and murderers, pedophiles, buyers of radioactive material for a Muslim terrorist group, crooked jockeys, solicitors and doctors, to drug taking royalty. He has repeatedly gained entry to the UK using fake passports, so as to reveal the laxness in the immigration regulations. Mahmoodâs work has resulted in 234 successful convictions.
He has received many death threats, been shot at by Albanian thugs, cursed by an African witch and run over by a vicar. He has even managed to infiltrate the Taliban in Afghanistan. He has also picked up numerous awards, including the prestigious Reporter of the Year in 1999. Wherever there is corruption, the modern day Sherlock Holmes, Mazher Mahmood is bound to be found.
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