The Labour leader, who has been accused of deliberately breaking election law by stuffing his ballot papers as a way of getting his way, was found guilty of a single count of stuffing ballot papers. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay £15,000 costs.
He was sentenced by a court in London after a jury of six people heard the former Labour MP’s lies about the number of Lib Dem MPs he had abused and asked him to apologise for his actions. In a statement made to the Daily Mail yesterday, Mr Corbyn said: “These are serious allegations. I am not sure I can imagine a different outcome. I am sure I have failed to protect the public from the lies that have been made about my actions and how they will be used and misused by the public.
The Labour leader admitted he had used “substantial amounts of postage” to send envelopes to four addresses in Birmingham. He also admitted he told three people he was “purchasing a lottery ticket” and a two-week-old baby that he had promised to “take my dog”.
The jury heard that Mr Corbyn had been a key figure in the Labour Party from 1997 and had been involved in fraud and manipulation of the vote, as well as using fake ballot papers to get the party’s leader elected. Mr Corbyn had claimed he was “the only candidate who could do anything to correct the problems that were facing the party”. The court heard that the Labour leader threw the ballot boxes in a “very, very large bag” at the election. It was discovered by the police that the ballots were stacked about 12cm apart and placed in boxes.
He was found guilty of “doxing” voters and failing to produce a genuine ballot. The charges include attempted murder, theft of a ballot, conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit an offence under the Anti-Corruption Act.
He was also found guilty of “controlling” the vote by using fake documents, which he admitted used the names of some of his supporters. When he was questioned, he said: “I am not a Nazi, just like you are not a Nazi. I only used my own name and I don’t have any Nazi affiliation at all. I don’t care about your membership of the Labour Party.” He added: “I don’t know how I got here, I don’t know what I did, I don’t know what I’m doing, I don’t know I’m from Birmingham, I don’t know what my politics are, I don’t know, I just don’t know.”
He was sentenced to four years in prison following a hearing in December. Mr Corbyn was charged with “knowingly delivering” a false ballot box at the Brecon by-election. The court heard Mr Corbyn admitted that he had “delivered” the fraudulent ballot paper to a friend who was expecting to vote in the by-election. He was also charged with false declaration of allegiance to a foreign state. The judge said he was not sure the case would be brought to the High Court. He told Mr Corbyn: “You have failed to establish whether you intended to or intended to be there as a witness.” Mr Corbyn was accused of “deliberately” trying to get a false result at the Brecon by-election, and attempting to hide his involvement in the by-election. He was also charged with receiving a false ballot box at the Brecon by-election. Judge Peter Macleod QC said: “You are guilty of concealing evidence which would have provided you with a reasonable doubt as to the truthfulness of your position as an elected member of the Commons.” Mr Corbyn’s lawyer, David Briggs, said: “I can understand why you would be prosecuted, but it does not seem to me that this is a reasonable doubt that you were part of the conspiracy to make it happen.”
Sir Edward Leigh MP, who has criticised the Labour leader’s handling of the case, said the verdict was “very disappointing”.
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