I am indebted to the London Patriot for this story exposing how the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, provided a character reference for an unlicensed minicab driver who was jailed for sexually assaulting a passenger.
The man in question was a Bangladeshi cab driver who, despite being in this country for 20 years, still hadn’t managed to learn English! Zamal Uddin, 44, twice sexually assaulted a 26-year-old woman in Hoxton last October after she got into his illegal taxi after a night out with friends.
Uddin leaned over and touched his passenger’s breasts in the cab before following her after she fled into an alley where he pinned her against the wall and touched her under her clothing. He was jailed for 18 months and ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years. He admitted two charges of sexual assault and driving while disqualified.
However, before passing sentence the judge was handed testimonials on Uddin’s behalf from several Tower Hamlets councillors and the borough’s mayor Lutfur Rahman. Judge King said they all seemed “to be in ignorance of your background and personality”.
In a written reply, Rahman says that he is often approached by constituents for references, that he thought the offense was driving while disqualified, and that he was unaware of the other charges. You can read this is full on the London Patriot website.
All I can say is that the mouthwash ain’t making it!