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Student cleared of Tamara Ecclestone blackmail plot

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Sep 13, 2013 | 5:54am EDT

A student accused of involvement in a plot to blackmail British socialite Tamara Ecclestone has been cleared. Jakir Uddin, 21, was accused of sending an email to the Formula 1 heiress demanding money in exchange for the silence of her former fiance Derek Rose, who was threatening to sell intimate secrets of the couple's sex life. Uddin's previous trial on a blackmail charge collapsed after the jury failed to reach a verdict, and he has now been found not guilty after the case went back to Southwark Crown Court in London. Speaking after the not guilty verdict, Uddin, from Birmingham, England, said, "I am very pleased and it is a huge relief. It has been going on for such a long time, and now justice has been done." Rose, 33, of north London, was jailed for four years in February (13) after he was found guilty of blackmail at an earlier trial.

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