Mayor accused of ‘corruption’

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Published: Tuesday 24th March 2015 by The News Editor

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The mayor of a London borough has been accused of having “corruption” at the “heart” of his administration.

A lawyer representing four disgruntled voters attacked the credibility of Lutfur Rahman – independent mayor of Tower Hamlets, east London – at a hearing in the High Court in London.

Barrister Francis Hoar told the Election Court trial that accounts given by Mr Rahman – leader of a party called Tower Hamlets First (THF) – were unlikely to be true unless sustained by other evidence.

The four voters have taken legal action and accused Mr Rahman of electoral fraud.

They want Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey, who is sitting as a judge at the trial, to declare the result of the May 2014 mayoral election, which saw Mr Rahman elected for a second term, void and order a re-run.

Mr Rahman denies wrongdoing.

Lawyers for both sides were today outlining their final submissions to Mr Mawrey – who is expected to deliver a ruling later in the year.

Mr Hoar told Mr Mawrey that “grave allegations” had been made by the four voters – and he said they had been “proven”.

He said the credibility of Mr Rahman, and of Mr Rahman’s election agent, Alibor Choudhury – a THF member of Tower Hamlets Council and the council’s cabinet member for resources – were “at the heart” of the case.

And he said Mr Rahman had used his powers “wholly contrary to public law”.

“Mr Rahman’s accounts are unlikely to be true unless they are sustained by other evidence,” Mr Hoar told Mr Mawrey.

“Mr Choudhury’s accounts are unlikely to be true unless they are sustained by other evidence.”

He added: “Corruption … is at the heart of Mr Rahman’s administration.”

Published: Tuesday 24th March 2015 by The News Editor

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