Solicitor, Majed Iqbal, has been sentenced to jail for five years for bribing witnesses in a Crown Court trial in which his client faced charges of fraud.
The fraud had led to victims losing a combined £310,000 which they had been persuaded to invest into a non-existent new energy drink. Mr Iqbal was found to have flown to Budapest and Dubai to meet certain witnesses whom he had paid significant sums of money in return for retraction statements.
Mr Iqbal had attempted to prevent police officers from viewing material held on his computer which evidenced him paying the bribes, on the basis of legal professional privilege. Mr Iqbal was found to have abused his position of trust as a solicitor and perverted the course of justice.