Senior British policeman jailed for misconduct
Published 09/02/2010 | 05:00
Britain's highest-ranking Asian police officer was jailed for four years yesterday after being convicted of falsely arresting a man and then inventing a claim of assault against him.
After a month-long trial, it took a jury just two hours to convict Ali Dizaei, a commander in charge of 5,000 officers across west London, of misconduct in a public office and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Mr Dizaei is the most senior policeman to be given a prison sentence for more than 30 years, and will now be sacked from his £100,000 (€115,000) -a-year job at Scotland Yard. It is the second time that Mr Dizaei has faced a criminal trial. He was cleared in 2003 of similar charges.
Sentencing him yesterday afternoon, Mr Justice Simon told Mr Dizaei: "This sentence needs to send a clear message that police officers of whatever rank are not above the law."
Dizaei, who showed no emotion as he was jailed, will now have a Metropolitan Police misconduct hearing which will certainly recommend his dismissal, bringing to an end his 24-year police career. His own barrister, Michael Mansfield QC, conceded: "It's clear that his career is at an end." (© Independent News Service).