Former Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, 'declares himself bankrupt', court hears

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Lutfur Rahman, the disgraced former Mayor of Tower Hamlets who owes hundreds of thousands of pounds, has declared himself bankrupt, a court heard today.

Rahman was ejected from his powerful job in April by an Election Commissioner after being accused of corrupt and illegal practices.

His downfall came after he was challenged by four voters who claimed his 2014 re-election was riddled with corruption, fraud and voter intimidation.

The judge ordered Rahman to pay an estimated £500,000 legal costs.

The four voters today began new proceedings in the High Court to try to force Rahman to sell a property to raise the cash.

Their barrister, Simon Johnson, told the court Rahman had been 'adjudged bankrupt on his own petition' two weeks ago.