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Met Police commander jailed for corruption

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Met Police commander jailed for corruption

Post by Guest on 13.02.12 16:31

February 2012 Last updated at 16:27

Met Police commander jailed for corruption

Met commander Ali Dizaei had denied the charges

Metropolitan Police commander Ali Dizaei has been jailed for three years for misconduct in a public office and perverting the course of justice.

He attacked Waad al-Baghdadi in Kensington in 2008 and then inflicted injuries on himself in order to frame him, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Dizaei, of Acton, told the court he felt threatened by Mr al-Baghdadi.

He was first convicted in 2010 and served 15 months in prison before his conviction was quashed.

BBC Home Affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said it was likely Dizaei would be released after three months due to the time he has already spent in jail.

The jury, who had not been told that Dizaei's earlier conviction had been quashed, heard Mr al-Baghdadi had confronted him at a Persian restaurant in Hammersmith Road, west London, in July 2008 over an unpaid £600 bill for a website he had built for him.

Dizaei argued with him outside and arrested him.

The jury was told Dizaei claimed he arrested Mr al-Baghdadi after being poked in the chest with the metal mouthpiece of a shisha pipe, but this was disputed by a doctor who examined his injuries.

Dizaei also claimed he suffered a "torrent of abuse" from Mr al-Baghdadi and felt threatened, but prosecutor Peter Wright QC said he was "pursuing a citizen for his own personal motive".

The jury heard that the officer's actions amounted to "wholesale abuse of such power by a senior officer".

He is currently suspended from his £90,000-a-year job at the Met.

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