Corrupt police officer accepted bribes for classified information
A police officer who sold sensitive information from police systems to assist a criminal is to be sentenced.
Mohammed Malik’s crimes can now be reported after his co-conspirator Mohammed Anis was convicted of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office after a trial. Malik accessed and disclosed data and intelligence information on Greater Manchester Police computer systems to Anis.
PC Mohammed Malik, 37, was in frequent contact with Mohammed Anis, 35, between 2017 and 2018, when Malik was a serving officer with the Greater Manchester Police.
Anis pleaded guilty earlier this year to possession with the intent to supply cannabis alongside another man. Anis collected a bag which was later found to contain 1kg of cannabis.
The CPS showed that there was a clear transactional relationship between Malik and Anis. The evidence demonstrated a flow of information from Malik to Anis, with Malik having an expectation of money flowing in the opposite direction.
Ben Southam, a CPS Senior Specialist Prosecutor in the Special Crime Division, said: “Mohammed Malik took advantage of his position of power and accepted money in return for helping Mohammed Anis. We gathered concrete evidence, including incriminating WhatsApp and Snapchat messages, leaving little option for PC Malik other than to admit his guilt. The jury also accepted that evidence in convicting Anis.
“This level of corruption is abhorrent, and I am pleased that the CPS and Greater Manchester Police were able to work together to bring an end to this conspiracy.”
How the case was proved
The information related to vehicles, some of which were involved in serious and organised crime. There were direct links between some of these vehicles and criminals. Malik also used the police computer system to perform multiple searches on a database that related to information held by the police about Anis and other individuals.
Anis sent a picture of a car through Snapchat and asked Malik to add the car to the police intelligence system, which Malik did the next day - suggesting the vehicle should be stopped as it was suspected of drug dealing.
Anis also asked Malik to provide information about a red Seat Leon that was recovered by the police with a bullet hole in the bumper. Police visited the car owner’s address and left a handwritten note for him. An image of this note was recovered from Anis’s phone.
Screenshots from WhatsApp conversations were used in court to prove Malik was helping Anis evade the police by suggesting that he stopped doing “business” and change the cars he was driving so police would not stop him.
It was also proved that Anis was sharing with others some of the information he obtained from Malik.
Anis also sent addresses to Malik asking him to search for information about them.
Malik pleaded guilty to the corruption offences in July 2020, and will be sentenced alongside Anis at a later date.
Notes to editors
- Mohammed Malik (10/04/1984) pleaded guilty in July 2020 to counts 1, 3 and 4:
- Count 1: Conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977
- Count 3: Conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977
- Count 4: Conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977
- Mohammed Anis (30/10/1985) was convicted after trial of counts 1, 3 and 4 above
- Mohammed Anis has also pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cannabis. Another man (John Lawrence) has pleaded guilty to supplying Anis with the cannabis and awaits sentence.