Pakistani-British boxer Amir Khan was recently the victim of a blackmail attempt, from a person claiming to have a video of the boxer with a woman.
Hamza Din, who emailed the Brit’s management team, stated earlier that the video showed the 29-year-old boxer with a woman in a hotel room in Newcastle.
However, after the blackmail attempt failed, Hamza said that the footage did not exist and was given a suspension by the Bolton Crown Court.
Previously, Din claimed that the footage was 100% real and threatened to release it if he heard no response from Khan or his management team. He claimed money and said he would release the clip to the media unless they ‘matched the price’ it could get.
Prosecutors in the court said that Din had created a new e-mail account using the name ‘Harry Dean’, but it was quickly traced and he was arrested.
Hamza was pleaded guilty to a single charge of blackmail and was sentenced to 16 months in prison and suspension for two years.
In a statement read to the court, Khan said, “I do not want anyone else to be put in a position that me and my family have been put in.”
Judge Richard Gioserano said that Din was suffering from bi-polar disorder and praised the British boxer’s response to the whole episode.
“When Khan was told he knew that it could not be true,” he said. “He was worried about the harm that the mere making of an allegation, though baseless, could cause.”
The judge added that the allegation made by Hamza was completely baseless.