Monday, 8 February 2010

Ali Dizaei - Muslim Police Corruption

From http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23803418-scotland-yard-commander-guilty-of-corruption-charges.do

Scotland Yard Commander Ali Dizaei guilty of corruption charges

London's most senior black Muslim policeman faced jail today after being convicted of misconduct and trying to pervert the course of justice.

Commander Ali Dizaei, 47, was found guilty of assaulting and attempting to frame a man who had designed his internet web page.

Seven years ago Dizaei was cleared by an Old Bailey jury of similar charges after a £7million two-year police investigation.

In July 2008 he attacked Waad Al-Baghdadi in the street near the Yas restaurant in Kensington after refusing to pay him £600 for the web design. Then he arrested him illegally and deliberately wounded himself and blamed the victim to back up his lies.

Peter Wright, QC, said when colleagues arrived Dizaei falsely claimed he had been threatened and stabbed with the metal mouthpiece of a hookah pipe.

A doctor told the court his injuries were self inflicted.

The prosecutor said the officer was guilty of a “wholesale abuse of power” motivated by self-interest and pride.

Today the jury at Southwark Crown Court found Dizaei guilty of misconduct in a public office and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

He was being sentenced this afternoon by Mr Justice Simon.

The cost to the taxpayer of the two cases involving Dizaei has been estimated at more than £10million in total.

In September 2003 Dizaei was cleared of claims that he was corrupt, took, bribes, was involved in drugs, prostitutes and even spying for Iran.

He was investigated during Operation Helios which at its height involved 50 officers. The £7 million investigation included taping 3,500 of his private phone calls.

An inquiry by Lord Morris found the operation disproportionate, unfocused and influenced by Dizaei's ethnic background. The Independent Police Complaints Commission called it fatally flawed.

He lodged a racial discrimination complaint against the Yard and, after agreeing to drop it, was awarded £80,000 and, later, a formal apology by new Commissioner Sir Ian Blair.

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