Sunday, 12 March 2017
Met Police 'failed' in Tower Hamlets election fraud probe

From the BBC.

Police made "major failings" while investigating electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets, a London Assembly committee chairman has said. Steve O'Connell said there was concern the Met Police had not charged former Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman.

Mr O'Connell, chairman of the Assembly's Police and Crime Committee, said: "During our investigation, we, as a committee, have been shocked to uncover major failings by the Metropolitan Police in its ability to investigate allegations of electoral fraud and malpractice."

He said failings included missed files of evidence, missed opportunities to gather witness statements and witnesses who were prepared to give evidence in the election court but were unwilling to do so in criminal proceedings.

He also said a bundle of 27 files sent to the Director of Public Prosecution was not reviewed by the force.

"This is not what we expect from a supposedly world-leading police force," he said.

Mr O'Connell has written to Sophie Linden, deputy mayor for policing and crime, urging her to use her powers to call on Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) to look into the activities of officers investigating the election.

He said it was time for "a fresh pair of eyes" to review the activities of the Met.

Posted on 03/12/2017 5:47 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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