The re-election fraud hearing of Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman has opened at the High Court before election judge Richard Mawrey.
ITV News London Correspondent Simon Harris is at the hearing, where Francis Hoar, the barrister for the petitioners, has described Mr Rahman's denial of any wrongdoing as "laughable".
Hoar: Rahman will claim 'I know nothing' about fraud. 'Explanation is so poor as to be laughable.' @itvlondon
Hoar plans to call 100 witnesses. He claims some have had threats of violence and threats to their families in Bangladesh. @itvlondon
Mr Rahman has previously issued a strong denial against the claims: "There is simply no evidence to substantiate that the recent election results were due to fraud and intimidation," he said. "It is clear that these complaints are being generated by disgruntled candidates who lost."
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