Election fraud trial of Tower Hamlets mayor begins

A High Court trial challenging the re-election of Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman opens today. Mr Rahman is accused of winning May's election through "corrupt and illegal practices." He denies any wrongdoing.

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Tower Hamlets mayor's fraud denial 'laughable,' court hears

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".

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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