Lutfur Rahman launches High Court appeal against “spiritual influence” ruling

Former Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman

The former mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman has launched an appeal after being found guilty of “spiritual influence” and corruption.

Mr Rahman wants to submit a High Court appeal to a ruling by the Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey.

The ex-mayor was convicted of illegal practices by Mr Mawrey in April after an Election Court trial.

Four voters led by writer and film-maker Andy Erlam had taken legal action against him under the Representation Of The People Act.

Mr Rahman wants Mr Mawrey’s ruling to be subjected to a judicial review in the High Court.

Lawyers representing him asked judges to give permission for a judicial review to be mounted at a High Court hearing in London yesterday. Mr Rahman was not at the hearing.

Judges are expected to make a decision on whether permission should be granted.

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