Court quashes British ex-police commander's conviction

16th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

A former commander of London's Metropolitan Police who was once Britain's most senior Muslim policeman, was released from prison Monday after having a corruption conviction quashed.

Ali Dizaei, 48, was jailed in February 2010 and sacked after being found guilty of attacking a man and trying to frame him in a dispute over money.

Dizaei, the former head of Britain's National Black Police Association (NBPA), will be retried after appeal judge Anthony Hughes ruled that the initial conviction could "not be regarded as safe".

The ex-commander told a press conference his integrity "was completely intact" after his release from Leyhill prison in south west England.

"I will remain determined to clear my name," he vowed.

The initial trial heard last year that 24-year-old Iraqi businessman Waad al-Baghdadi approached Dizaei in a west London restaurant and asked him for 600 pounds (940 dollars, 685 euros) he was owed for creating a website for him.

According to evidence led, the ex-policeman grew angry and confronted Baghdadi in a nearby side street where a scuffle took place and the Iraqi was arrested and handcuffed.

Baghdadi complained about his treatment, leading to the charge that ended Dizaei's 24-year police career.

© 2011 AFP

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