Lutfur Rahman, disgraced ex-Mayor of Tower Hamlets, attended the Royal Courts of Justice today as the victorious election petitioners continued their struggle to actually get the costs they were awarded at the end of the original electoral petition trial.
This is just the latest of several hearings regarding this issue, most in chambers, and it was unusual for Rahman to attend in person.
Sources told LW that this process could take up to another year before any costs are paid to the petitioners.
Lutfur avoids the camera
LW tried to get a photograph of Lutfur but for some reason he is now very camera shy. How odd.
Lutfur is in fact so camera shy that when he saw the LW staff photographer waiting for him outside the RCJ he and his colleagues retreated back into the court building, checked back through security again and then scarpered out the back door.
Due to this photo failure LW will now be running the photo of a mop head below in lieu of one of the ex-Mayor until we get a decent pic.
The main purpose of today’s hearing was to discuss issues relating to Rahman’s disclosure of assets and financial transactions, the freezing order on his assets and the various properties which the ex-Mayor may – or may not – own.
This includes a 12-bedroom mansion in Sylhet. Rahman denies ownership of this property.
This post only covers the property issues, other separate posts will cover Rahman’s disclosure of assets and financial transactions including a list of everyone who has leant him some cash – about £795,000 – to help out with his various legal costs.
But more of that later. Below is a basic overview of the properties under the legal microscope.
All a little bit complex
This is all getting more than a little complex and you are advised to read this previous post concerning Lutfur Rahman’s properties for more context on this story as some of the facts seem to change with the wind.
The properties under discussion are:
- 160 Old Montague Street, London E1 5NA
- 30 Deal Street, London E1 5AH
- 3 Grace Street, London, E3 3DJ
- 5 Grace Street, London, E3 3DJ
- And that mansion in Bangladesh…
Read on for more details.
There is to be a trial to determine the beneficial interest of Ms Farid, if any, in 3 Grace Street and 30 Deal Street.
160 Old Montague Street
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Lutfur Rahman has lived in this property at 160 Old Montague Street belonging to his father and elder brother, along with his extended family of 11 adults and one child, since before he was married in 1992.
30 Deal Street
Property at 30 Deal Street owned by Lutfur Rahman but Ayesha Farid (wife of Lutfur Rahman) claims she has a 100% ‘beneficial interest’ in this property.
3 Grace Street
Property at 3 Grace Street owned by Lutfur Rahman but Ayesha Farid claims she has a 74% ‘beneficial interest’ in this property.
5 Grace Street
Property at 5 Grace Street was the first property bought by Lutfur Rahman and his wife in 2002 ten years after they married and nine years after Rahman had been working as a solicitor. Precise ownership of this property is disputed.
18,000 square foot mansion in Maijgaon, Sylhet
Apparently LW is not the only publication interested in what properties Lutfur Rahman owns and which ones he doesn’t. The Daily Mail has been busy burrowing away in Lutfur’s home village of Maijgaon, Sylhet.
The Mail found that in the village a 12-bedroom mansion is being built. Photos courtesy of the Daily Mail below.
Mr. Ataur Rahman, a cousin of Lutfur Rahman, still lives in the village and according to the statement given to the Daily Mail At present the Rahman clan “have started to build a two storied building of 18,000 square feet which is being financed by all the members of the family.”
As many LW readers will be aware it is customary in Bangladesh that extended members of the clan are expected to help finance construction of a family property, including in this case Ataur Rahman’s father and brother in East London, with whom he shares a house.
As the Daily Mail points out this is where it all gets a little tricky because Lutfur Rahman’s father, Suruz Miah, is in his eighties and retired as a chef more than 20 years ago, while his brother Motiur Rahman has been unemployed for at least ten years.
So if this is the Rahman clan mansion how is it being financed?
In court today Lutfur Rahman denied any connection with this property in Sylhet.
As an aside it seems that Motiur Rahman is a trustee of the Brick Lane Jamme Masjid Trust (London) Limited as you can see from the screen grab below which is taken from the Brick Lane Jamme Masjid Trust’s website.
Brick Lane Jamme Masjid
There is no allegation that Lutfur Rahman has any ownership of the Brick Lane Jamme Masjid Trust property.
Oh and there’s lots more…
Today’s hearing was postponed until later this week.
Help the election petitioners
As can be seen the four electoral petitioners are still paying to bring Rahman and his agents to justice.
Although they have been awarded costs they are having to pay to actually recover the costs and make Lutfur Rahman pay up. And these extra costs are completely down to them.
Please click on the link below and donate as much as you can. After all the Government isn’t paying a penny towards the cost of restoring democracy to Tower Hamlets.