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”.
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.
“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.