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Tower Hamlets ex-mayor Rahman faces tribunal which could bar him as solicitor

PUBLISHED: 15:40 24 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:40 24 February 2016

Ex-mayor Lutfur Rahman (inset)... once in power at Tower Hamlets Town Hall, now facing Solicitors Tribunal

Ex-mayor Lutfur Rahman (inset)... once in power at Tower Hamlets Town Hall, now facing Solicitors Tribunal

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Disgraced ex-mayor Lutfur Rahman could face a ban from practising as a lawyer following his removal from office for malpractice and corruption over his now-tainted 2014 re-election.

Rahman at rally in Mile End following his ban after 2015 High Court judgementRahman at rally in Mile End following his ban after 2015 High Court judgement

“There is a case for him to answer,” the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal confirmed this week

Allegations by the Solicitors Regulation Authority are being heard by the independent tribunal at a date to be fixed.

The Regulation Authority will have to show “the criminal standard of proof”.

The case against Rahman is that he was found personally guilty and guilty by his agents in an Election Court Judgment last April of illegal practice contrary to the Representation of the People Act, which listed seven counts of “corrupt practice”.

Snookered? Lutfur Rahman facing Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal after High Court judgement for malpractice barred him from office as Tower Hamlets mayorSnookered? Lutfur Rahman facing Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal after High Court judgement for malpractice barred him from office as Tower Hamlets mayor

The Regulation Authority, the ruling body of solicitors, says this was “failing to uphold the rule of law and proper administration of justice” and that he “failed to act with integrity and maintaining public trust”, which it has to prove top the tribunal.

Rahman faces sanctions if the tribunal hearing goes against him, if “failing to uphold the law” and lacking “integrity” are proved.

These could include being struck from practising and unlimited fines.

Rahman already faces £500,000 legal bills from the High Court, still unpaid, from last April’s Election judgement. This has since resulted in his property assets in Bow and Whitechapel being frozen after he declared himself bankrupt.

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