Nine charged over Barkingside court corruption

Barkingside Magistrates' Court
Barkingside Magistrates' Court is the subject of a major police investigation. Credit: Crown Copyright

Nine people have been charged as part of a major police investigation into corruption and bribery at a court in Ilford.

The group were charged and bailed this month alongside 12 others for perverting the course of justice as a result of the Met’s investigation into Barkingside Magistrates’ Court.

All of the suspects are from Newham and are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

The investigation was launched after an allegation of corruption was made by a reporter at a national newspaper in August 2011.

Two people have also been charged with misconduct in a public office.

Munir Patel, who's from Dagenham, was jailed for six years for misconduct in public office, perverting the course of justice and bribery as a result of the operation.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced at Southwark Magistrates Court in November 2011.

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