Councillors shamed by the High Court hearing which uncovered widespread postal vote-rigging in Birmingham have said they intended to appeal against the ruling.

Shah Jahan said the three former Bordesley Green councillors would attempt to overturn the "terrible injustice" and are seeking a judicial review at the High Court.

Mr Jahan, who was formerly a councillor in the ward, was also speaking on behalf of his colleagues Ayaz Khan and Shafaq Ahmed.

He said the men felt they were dealt with unfairly from the start of the hearing as the judge refused to adjourn the case when he was told the legal team representing the councillors had suddenly been withdrawn.

"We had a couple of days to get our whole case together", said Mr Jahan.

"Under any terms, that is unfair and it gave us no chance from the start.

"The judge was one-sided in his treatment of us. He wanted to make a name for himself as the man who helped change the voting system, but all he did was make a terrible injustice.

"The sort of practices which we were criticised for are commonly used by all parties, but we have been singled out.

"However, there is nothing wrong with the postal voting system. The Muslim community has been targeted throughout this because we have a different culture.

"So what if people write down two different addresses? Many people have a work and a home address."

Mr Jahan said the Bordesley Green councillors will appeal against the decision not to adjourn the case as they were not allowed proper representation "which we are entitled to under Section 6 of the Human Rights Act".

"We feel we have not been given any opportunity to defend ourselves," he added.

Mr Jahan said the councillors were "scapegoats" because the postal voting practices that they undertook were similar to those of most other councillors at the election.

However, he refused to say they were neglected by the Labour Party at the start of the trial, despite party officials distancing themselves from the men at that time.

"If the party thought we were guilty from the start they would have suspended us from the start," he said.

Mr Jahan also said the respondents were not treated fairly during the trial.

He said: "The legal team for the petitioners have been very clever and the judge has been very helpful to them. He has allowed them to bring to court lots of evidence and he has even provided them with legal aid. The judge is opposed to the postal voting system, but we did not have a chance to defend ourselves."