Metropolitan Police Commander Ali Dizaei, 47, has long been a star in the London force. The highest ranking most senior Asian officer and former head of the Metropolitan Black Police Association, Dizaei’s career came to an end this week after being sentenced to four years in jail for assaulting and falsely arresting a man in a dispute over £600.
The dispute was over services rendered by Waad Al-Baghdadi to help design Dizaei’s website, alidizaei.com.
Mr Al-Baghdadi, 24, says that he encountered Dizaei in July 2008 in a Persian restaurant where the latter was drinking heavily and dancing. When he demanded payment, he says Dizaei pulled out handcuffs and arrested him. Later a doctor reported that he viewed injuries claimed by Dizaei to be probably self-inflicted.
Dizaei was accused of earlier abuses of office but never convicted, including a multi-million dollar corruption and fraud conspiracy and spending public funds on lavish clothes and goods while on travel.
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