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Residents to bring private prosecution against Lutfur Rahman

By on March 24, 2016 in Corruption

Two Tower Hamlets residents are considering bringing a private prosecution against former Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman alleging conspiracy to defraud the Returning Officer, misfeasance in public officer and fraud (of course!).

Community activists Angela Moffatt and Cathy Holmes have decided to take this step after last week’s decision by the Metropolitan police not to prosecute election offenders, a decision they brand as “disgusting”.

Lutfur Rahman - still toast

Lutfur Rahman – still toast

Angela Moffatt, mother of three, was one of the Election Petitioners who took Lutfur Rahman to the High Court and won a damning judgement against Rahman who was banned from office for five years.

Ms. Holmes, a florist, is a long-standing critic of corruption in the Borough.

Both women live in the Isle of Dogs.

“Massive coverup”


Angela Moffatt victorious after the election petition judgement. flanked by Andy Erlam (left) and Azmal Hussein (right)

“There has been a massive cover-up and we’re not having it. The people of Tower Hamlets deserve better. We are not stopping until we get to the whole truth,” said Angela Moffatt.

Ms.Holmes said: “I and many others have personally suffered because of corruption in Tower Hamlets. This is going to change. We will carry on the campaign,” adding that she and Angela Moffatt have picked up the baton.

The two will be talking to lawyers and are appealing to local people for support.

Precise details of the private prosecution were not available at the time of going to press.



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  1. Jason says:

    It’s despicable that the Police have failed in making a prosecution, and yet once again, it is left to ordianary citzens to ensure justice is done, well done Angela and Cathy.

  2. Legin Daggard says:

    It is not a ‘Police cover up’ It is the CPS who decide if a case continues or is dropped not the Police, Metropolitan or otherwise. You will probably find that the officers involved in the investigation are as angry at the decision as every right thinking person. Other than that often ignored detail I would say ‘well done’ get the man prosecuted.

  3. Collin Cameron says:

    Well done ladies

  4. Des says:

    Well done, please let me know where you want me to send my donation?

  5. Andy Erlam says:

    Well done Angela and Cathy!

    Everyone of goodwill must unite behind them. No to a police cover-up! No to a council cover-up! No to business as usual corruption in Tower Hamlets!

    Andy Erlam.

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