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Walsall councillor's son jailed for electoral fraud

A man has been jailed for 12 weeks after admitting two charges of electoral fraud.

Ali Munir, 30, of Walsall, the son of a councillor in the town, pleaded guilty to making false applications for proxy votes.

He received a six-week sentence for each offence, to run consecutively.

After the case, Det Sgt Paddy Gillece of West Midlands Police said the judge involved in the case had said the democratic process must not be corrupt.

"He continued to say the court has a duty to protect it and that any individual involved in electoral fraud will inevitably attract a custodial sentence," he said.

Munir is the son of Palfrey ward Conservative councillor Mohammed Munir.

Mohammed Munir said he did not wish to comment on the matter.

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