Friday, 20 October 2017

Former police chief’s appeal fails

FORMER Henley police chief Ali Dizaei has lost an appeal against his conviction for misconduct and perverting the course of

FORMER Henley police chief Ali Dizaei has lost an appeal against his conviction for misconduct and perverting the course of justice.

The Court of Appeal decided on Thursday last week that Dizaei, who was head of Henley police for five years from 1994, had framed Waad al-Baghdadi in a row over money.

The 50-year-old, a former commander in the Metropolitan Police, was convicted in 2010 and jailed for three years.

This was overturned after it emerged Baghdadi was a serial benefits fraudster.

Last February, Dizaei was again convicted of the offences after it was decided that he was lying when he claimed Baghdadi had threatened him and assaulted him outside a west London restaurant in July 2008.

His latest appeal was based on evidence of Baghdadi’s violence, which was not allowed to go before the jury at the trial in February. Stephen Riordan QC argued that the conviction was “unsafe” and that the judge had refused to allow “bad character” evidence relating to Baghdadi.

Dizaei’sson Kourosh, who lived in Henley and is a law student at Kingston University, has previously claimed that his father had been the victim of a witch hunt.

His mother, Natalie, was his Iranian-born father’s second wife and claimed that her husband was racially abused and physically assaulted during a 15-month term in prison.

He said: “My dad never belonged in a prison. He belongs at home with his family who love him and have missed him a lot. In this country you are sent to prison as punishment not in order to be punished once you are in there.”

Kourosh, who played football for Newtown in Henley, set up a webpage on Facebook called “The Official Ali Dizaei Support Page”, which has more than 3,350 followers.

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