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UK jury convicts tabloid 'Fake Sheikh' of evidence-tampering

Britain's notorious "Fake Sheikh" was convicted Wednesday of trying to pervert the course of justice in a verdict that may halt a heat-seeking journalistic career.

Tabloid reporter Mazher Mahmood, a master of journalistic "sting" operations who often posed as a Middle Eastern tycoon to get scoops, was convicted at the Old Bailey courthouse along with his driver Alan Smith.

The prominent 53-year-old reporter was found guilty of tampering with evidence in the collapsed drug trial of pop star and former "X Factor" judge Tulisa Contostavlos. He faces possible jail time.

The case against Contostavlos was dismissed in 2014. It had been based on...