Former Redbridge Councillor Jailed For Electoral Offences

  • ordered to return allowances received during the period.
  • to pay compensation to council and also pays for prosecution fee.
  • banned fro holding elected office for five years

A former Redbridge borough councillor, Chaudhary Mohammed Iqbal, 51, has been jailed for electoral offences.

Mohammed of Cecil Avenue, Barking, sentenced on Tuesday, 4 January is also banned from holding elected office for five years.

He was jailed for three counts of making false statements in candidate nomination papers, contrary to Sec 65A(1a) of the Representation of the People Act 1983, and one count of perverting the course of justice.

Iqbal was accused of falsely declaring his address during the 2018 local government elections in London Borough of Redbridge.

The police said he had previously pleaded guilty to three counts of causing or permitting a false statement to appear on a nomination form and one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

The former councillor was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court to nine months’ imprisonment for each of the three electoral malpractices offence. 

The court order that the sentences are to run concurrently.

Iqbal got eight months imprisonment for perverting the course of justice which is to run consecutively.

The court ordered him to pay prosecution cost of £10, 422.54, 10,000 compensation to Redbridge council to cover the by-election costs and another compensation of £18,368 to the same council for the allowances he received during the period.

In a brief statement by the detective Chief Inspector Sarah McConnel, she This is a significant sentence for this type of offence. It reflects the seriousness with which the court viewed the wrongdoing in an electoral setting.”

The court cited Sec 173 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 which set out the requirements of a person convicted of corrupt practices concerning his current elected post.

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