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Ali Dizaei jailed for corruption

JAIL: Former commander in Scotland Yard has been jailed

FORMER COMMANDER with Scotland Yard Ali Dizaei has been found guilty of two charges, misconduct in public office and perverting the course of justice, it was revealed today.

Dizaei , who was found that had tried to frame an innocent man and told a series of lies in an attempt to cover up his abuse of office by a jury, received a three-year jail sentence at the London's Southwark crown court.

"We entrust the police with great power over the public – they can arrest us, use force on us, and lock us up. But if that great power is abused by any police officer it is vital that they be held to account for it," Deborah Glass, Deputy Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said in a statement.

She added: "There is no room in the police for corrupt officers and today’s verdict underlines that."

This was the second time the 50-year-old has been convicted of the offences, after being first convicted in 2010. However that conviction was quashed by the court of appeal in May 2011 after evidence emerged that Dizaei's accuser, Waad al-Baghdadi, had falsely claimed £27,000 in welfare benefits for his dead father, which raised questions about his reliability as a witness.

In his 27-year police career, Dizaei was an outspoken critic of the police on race, leader of the National Black Police Association (NBPA), and a key figure in a race war that erupted in the summer of 2008.

He was sacked by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in March 2010 and risks losing his pension, it has been claimed. Dezaei is one of the most senior British officers ever to be convicted of corruption offences.

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