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August 25th, 2010

Double-Standards Dizaei

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Poor Ali Dizaei hasn’t had an easy time since being jailed for 4 years for corruption. What with being assaulted &  having excrement poured over his head.

He is now preparing to sue prison authorities for failing to protect him from racist abuse.

He began his sentence in Wandsworth but was transferred to Edmunds Hill Prison in Suffolk. He was sent to Prescoed Open Prison in Wales after being assaulted.

It’s interesting how someone of his previous police ranking found it easy enough to ignore the rules & laws when he saw fit but now chooses to try  & use those laws to obtain financial compensation as a result of someone doing something less serious than his own transgressions.

February 9th, 2010

That Dizaei Fallout in Full

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I guess over the next days & weeks we will hear more of the Ali Dizaei problem, I managed to catch a few snippets on the TV & radio today. It was interesting to hear some members of the Black Police Association falling over each other to sit on the fence. I’ve not heard any current reps of the organisation calling for him to be ejected from the association, though I would hope there are rules in place to protect the ethics of the organisation by not allowing convicted criminals within the ranks of its members.

There are many people within & without the ‘extended police family’ – a phrase so often used by senior management these days – who are now saying what goes around comes around & the man has got his just deserts, despite the Met’s PSD being unable to nail him over so many allegations & even with the full might of their extensive investigations which previously led to just about nought, save for some handy free dosh Dizaei’s in the form of compensation & another step-up the promotional ladder by those who feared yet another accusation of racisim against the odious little man.

Whilst, thankfully, there can be few who agree with much the BNP has to say, I suspect there will be many who agree with at least some of their comment on the matters in hand. They have called for an investigation into the role of the Black Police Association – of which Dizaei was it’s chairman until a year ago. So says their website: “Such an inquiry must focus on whether that group is able to influence the police service through the threat of calling any critic a racist. It seems to observers that the police service were so frightened of attack by the NBPA that they effectively gave Iranian-born Mr Dizaei a license to do as he wished.” I can’t say that question is not a valid one & deserving of some comment.

Critics of the Met’s behaviour towards Dizaei have accused them of a witch hunt. However, what is wrong with a witch hunt if you catch a witch, surely none bigger than a man who sees it as acceptable to stitch up a member of the public in an attempt to convict him of a made up crime?

Former Met Commissioner, Andy hayman, has some interesting comment over at the Telegraph. Personal knowledge & experience of Dizaei informs his article & is worth a read, not least to find out some of the other stuff Dizaei got away with during his last 10 years with the Met.

The reputation of the Black Police Association could rest on such a case. They’ve gone on record as saying they were ‘surprised’ at the result of the case. Presumably the same kind of  surprise I myself experienced when I found out that bears really did shit in the woods.  They’ve said it would be inapropriate to comment because of the ‘possibility of appeal’, like that ever stopped them commenting on some of their members winning tribunals for racist behaviour against them.

Come on BPA, you’ve protected the man long enough, do the decent thing.

[Update 10th Feb: I got a link here from the BBC News website]

May 15th, 2012

Round four hundred and sixty-two

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Disgraced ex- police officer Ali Dizaei has been sacked from the Met for the second time.

It followed his second conviction for perverting the course of justice. He has been on full pay since his original sentence was quashed, but this stops from today. It would be interesting to know how much cash this man has been given whilst not doing a day’s work for the community that has been paying him.

 Deborah Glass, the IPCC chairman, said: “Ali Dizaei’s dismissal from the Metropolitan Police Service was the right and inevitable outcome following his conviction, a second time, for serious criminal offences. There is no place in the police for corrupt officers and they have no business wielding the powers of a police officer in our communities.”

Interestingly, she also said: “Many will wonder how Mr Dizaei was able to rise to the very senior rank of commander. The Metropolitan Police Service needs to ensure that never again is its reputation so badly damaged by the acts of one of its most senior officers.

I think we can take a fair guess at why such a man rose to the highest ranks, despite a very checkered history, and it has little to do with his skills. It is borne from a  system which recognises quotas above ability.

The Home Secretary will decide on whether Dizaei receives  a police pension.

May 2nd, 2012

Been here before

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The Ali Dizaei farce rumbles ever onward.

You’ll remember he was jailed in February for three years after having his first sentence quashed.  Due to time served he is already out of prison on a tag. He was given his old job back after his winning his appeal but has been suspended on full pay since then.

He’s now trying to delay his misconduct hearing postponed but has lost a high court bid to delay the misconduct hearing citing insufficient time to prepare for it. He was ordered to pay nearly ÂŁ4500 in costs for the attempt.

Additionally, he is trying to launch another appeal against his second conviction.

February 13th, 2012

There is a god

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The best news I’ve had all year, and it doesn’t take much given all the news at work these days. Ali Dizaei is a corrupt cop who fits up innocent people.

For the second time, he has been found guilty by twelve of his fellow peers, despite the vile dribble that spurts from his mouth. He has been sentenced to three years imprisonment but is likely to serve just another three months, having already served 13 months the first time the truth came out. If ever there was an argument that criminals should serve their full sentence, Dizaei is it.

He was of course acquitted from the first finding of guilt after he successfully managed to persuade the High Court that the chief witness had lied about something completely unrelated to the case being tried (the victim’s welfare benefit status), presumably on the grounds that if he lied about what benefits he was on, he must be lying about being fitted up by the most disgraceful cop to wear the uniform in the last 50 years.

Naturally Dizaei is not finished yet; he intends to appeal, again. What really made me laugh though, was his quote to the Independent: “The journey has only just begun, we will go to the Court of Appeal and, if needs be, to Europe. It is a sad day that a convicted fraudster who is a bogus asylum seeker and under investigation for rape and assault is believed over a police officer.

Given that the police officer was Ali Dizaei, I don’t think it’s sad at all, I think its quite joyous.

January 13th, 2012

Here we go, again

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Regular readers will know of my contempt for Metropolitan Police Commander, Ali Dizaei and the damage he has done to the reputation of the British Police during the last few years.

You’ll remember he was released from prison after being convicted of corruption and the unlawful arrest of someone who had worked on his web site after the two met at a restaurant in London. His conviction was quashed and he was ordered to stand trial again for the matter.

Well, the trial began today and is expected to last 5 weeks.

Let’s hope justice is served.

May 16th, 2011

Weekend spoiler alert

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There you are, coming back from a lovely rest weekend, a bit of time with the wife & kids, sunny weather, a few days off work,  a BBQ & a bit of booze & just when life is fine, you come back to the most depressing news ever.

Ali Dizaei is out.

Bugger.

He must have a different definition of integrity to me; he lost his years ago.

October 16th, 2010

Not more?

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Just when you thought you’d heard the last of the disgraced little shite, former met Commander & all-round system-player & bully, Ali Dizaei makes the news again.

Dizaei was jailed for four years for corruption after assaulting & attempting to frame an innocent man following the man’s attempt to get Dizaei to stump up Ă‚ÂŁ600 for work he had done on Dizaei’s self-promoting website.

Following his conviction the prosecution has applied for costs. The prosecution felt there were grounds for Dizaei to cough up the Ă‚ÂŁ64,000 for their costs in the four week trial. Dizaei was on a salary of Ă‚ÂŁ90,000 a year & thought to possess all or a share in 3 homes worth around Ă‚ÂŁ1million.

Despite this, the court heard from his legal team (which included Michael Mansfield, who can charge up to £2,000 a day) that he was virtually penniless & could not afford to pay any prosecutions costs.

The court judged that he should pay a pitiful Ă‚ÂŁ750, and gave him four months to pay.

It seems that someone who has built a career on shafting people has been able to do it once again.

March 31st, 2010

Good News all round

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Two top police news stories today.

In the first, the Met have finally sacked that disgraceful blight on modern policing Ali Dizaei. Good news, anyone know what happens to his pension?

In the second, again Met related, Sgt Delroy Smellie has been aquitted of assaulting Nichola Fisher at the G20 demo. The judge said she found no evidence that the Sgt’s use of his baton was not measured & correct. Which was about the only conclusion she could come to as the complainant had no intention of attending court & giving evidence.

Of course, everyone is up in arms about the decision – well anyone who reads the Guardian, judging by Dave Hill’s London Blog, most of whom appear to have little understanding of the concept of evidence. Nichola Fisher didn’t lose out,  I commented almost a year ago that her main motivation would be the money. I read she got Ă‚ÂŁ26grand for her story. Only she knows the real reason she didn’t want to give evidence, theories abound in the blogs & comment sections of the press.

I’m glad the Sgt was not convicted, on so many levels.

February 24th, 2010

Kismet

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I suspect there won’t be many people in the circles that inhabit the pages of this blog who will be particularly upset about one of the headlines in today’s news.

There can’t be much worse, as an inmate of her majesty’s finest, than being a former police or prison officer amongst all the other lags. But then most people in this situation are masters of their own destiny & probably deserve little sympathy.

So I don’t have much for former Met Commander Ali Dizaei who was was assaulted this week in a attack at Edmunds Hill Prison by an inmate who poured a bucket of excrement over his head & then punched him unconscious.

Violence is rarely right, certainly, unprovoked violence but I can’t help having a grudging admiration for the phrase, ‘what goes around comes around’.

I see the Met still hasn’t sacked him from the police force, I wonder what the delay is.

February 8th, 2010

Back of the Net!

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Strange that I use a footballing term for someone so opposed to the professional football game, but I’m so made up by the latest news, I’ll let my  personal ethics slip for a while.

Or perhaps I can just say, “Result!”

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January 12th, 2010

And the verdict is…

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At last Met Commander Ali Dizaei is having his day in court. As reported back in May last year, Dizaei – he of the chequered police career – is up in court on charges of assault, false arrest, misconduct in public office and perverting the course of justice.

He was charged after an incident at a London restaurant when he had an ‘incident’ with someone he had engaged to work on his private website who demanded payment. He arrested the man (whilst off duty) & alleged the man had stabbed him in the stomach with part of a pipe. The police surgeon who examined him was of the opinion that the injury suffered by Dizaei may have been self-inflicted & the CPS found significant differences between his evidence & that provided by CCTV & other witnesses.

The case is set to run for a few weeks. I wonder what the outcome will be, guilty or innocent & if guilty, what the penalty will be. Cash prizes await the winner.*

*provided that winner is me.

May 21st, 2009

Down, down, deeper & down

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Metropolitan Commander Ali Dizaei, who was suspended months ago over various allegations, has been charged with misconduct in public office & attempting to pervert the course of justice.

I’ve never been a fan of this man, in fact I’d go as far as to suggest the man is a bloody disgrace to the uniform, not least for his lead of the Black Police Association & their shenanigans in their anti-police stance where they have advised black people not to join the police (happy to themselves be employed & not resign but not happy for others to join, which seems somewhat ironic).

I reported back in September last year on the incident which lead to the charges this week. Dizaei was off duty when he became involved in an off duty incident at a restaurant in which he alleges he was assaulted by another male whom he subsequently arrested. To quote from my original blog entry “The CPS has said that after examination of CCTV footage & ‘other evidence’ it has found ” ‘a number of significant factual conflicts” & dismissed any criminal case against the man.

The CPS said yesterday that after an IPCC investigation they were satisfied that there is enough evidence to support charges. The maximum sentence is life imprisonment.

January 19th, 2009

Speaking of Turncoats

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So, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission chief, Trevor Phillips says the police are no longer  institutionally racist.

They did an article on Victoria Derbyshire’s phone in on Radio 5 today. There was some professor of racism or something who disagreed, an ex Met Fed person who agreed, and that distasteful man Met Commander Ali Dizaei who also disagreed, mind, he is suing the Met for racial & religious discrimination.

The usual suspects phoned in, police officers who said they’d never witnessed any racism and black & Asian men who said they got stopped 27 times a night because they were black (or Asian).

One such caller called in to say he was stopped for no reason, didn’t have any ID on him and was then taken to a police station for no reason where the police tried to prove his identity  for no reason and after 3 weeks or something he was finally let out. He gave sufficient detail that anyone knowing about the case would have recognised it, indeed someone claiming to be a police officer with some knowledge emailed in to say the reason he was  stopped and taken to the police station was that he had been breaking the law & had no way of proving who he was, which sounded like standard fare really, whether you’re black or white.

One of his complaints was that the officer asked him to take his hands out of his pockets. When he asked why, he was told that people sometimes had weapons in their pockets and the officer wanted to satisfy himself that he was as safe as possible while dealing with someone. Obviously, this was racist because he was black. I recognise this as being pretty standard procedure, particularly in an area of high knife crime.

Dizaei chipped in at this point to say that he’d been a police officer for 24 years (or something) & could count on one hand the amount of times he’d asked people to take their hands out of their pockets, that was completely unnecessary & therefore this was clearly racist behaviour.

I don’t know the man (Dizaei) nor his working practices but I wouldn’t mind hazarding a guess that someone who has reached the heights of a Met Commander can count on the fingers of a half eaten Twix bar the amount of times he’s done a stop check on the streets of London late at night (or any other time) in the last few years.

He did, however, accept that the racism within the police force was not generally at the street & PC level, but on the top floors of the senior officers, much like himself, really.

December 17th, 2008

Another one bites the dust

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It’s a great week for scummy solicitors; what with scheming money-grabber Jim Beresford being barred from practising recently, another dubious operator has been suspended. Shahrokh Mireskandari also had his offices raided by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

I reported on him back in September, you may recall he is a friend of suspended Met Commander Ali Dizaei & represented Tarique Ghaffur in his recent dealings against the Met.

Mireskandari was convicted in America over a telemarketing scam for which he received 3 years’ probation. His legal qualifications have been in question since it was revealed he obtained a degree from a non existent university in Hawaii. He is currently under investigation over alleged dishonesty, accounting malpractice and other serious misconduct.

So another good day for watchers of pond-life everywhere.

October 2nd, 2008

There he was, gone

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So the Met Chief, Sir Ian Blair, has resigned.

Apparently, his position has become untenable without the backing of a man whose sole reason for his rise to high office has been the fact that he is a posh & talentless buffoon.

I’ve really not made my mind up about this one. I often bang on about how senior officers never suffer consequences for failings for which they ultimately are responsible, yet I am annoyed that his resignation has come as a result of what seems to be just political interfering from someone I wouldn’t trust to wash my police car (if I had one).

I expect that several wannabees are currently retrieving their previously crafted CVs & well-evidenced PDRs which they wrote over the last two years for just such an occasion in readiness for the application process for the top policing job in the country.

Doubtless the Black Police Association will be out celebrating & announcing proof of their stance against Blair in his resignation. Hopefully, the list of applicants won’t include names like Dizaei & Ghaffur.

September 19th, 2008

Make That Two Pairs

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I can’t be the only one drawing up the deckchair & preparing the knitting (or was it crocheting) at the spectacle of the Met Police’s ongoing battle between the top ranking officers & the public executions about to take place.

It seems Met chief Ian Blair has taken my advice & suspended Commander Ali Dizaei over the various allegations of not doing police-type stuff.

The Guardian described affairs as Scotland Yard’s race row ‘erupting’ again. I wouldn’t say it’erupted so much as being bubbling away furiously for the last few weeks. The end game is going to be fantastic. I wonder how many will end up shot down in flames.

I suspect that no matter what happens. The ordinary copper will lose out with everyone slagging ‘the police’ off again. The Black Police Association will up it’s campaign against ‘the police’, and ethnic minority groups will continue to be underrepresented within the ranks of the force, er, service.

September 15th, 2008

Trouble at t’ Mill

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How has this man still got a job?

Commander Ali Dizaei has been a controversial figure in the Metropolitan Police for some years.

Iranian-born Dizaei, was acquitted of corruption charges several years ago following a multi-million pound investigation.

He is currently under investigation by the Met again, this time for allegedly misusing Met credit cards. Coincidentally, he heads the Black Police Association which itself has had some financial ‘controversy’ having mislaid thousands of pounds of it’s government/charity funding & failing to file accounts for years in a row.

Last week the Daily Mail accused Dizaei of colluding with a fellow Iranian, millionaire solicitor Shahrokh Mireskandari, himself a controversial character, in undermining the police case against a female client of Mireskandari whom he is defending for killing a cyclist in a hit & run accident in London. The 4×4 used in the crime was later found. The female owner of the vehicle awaits trial over the incident. She was invited with 2 members of her family to Dizaei’s 3rd wedding reception & Dizaei is accused of attending meetings at the lawyers office with the express purpose of pointing out flaws in the police investigation to maximise the defendant’s chances of being found not guilty, not the kind of behaviour you might expect of one of the country’s top ranking officers.

Mireskandari is under investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for his claim to have won his law degree from a university in Hawaii which appears to be a mailing address office closed down by the US authorities. He was convicted in the States of a telemarketing scam & moved to the UK. His firm has been subject of investigations into overcharging clients including a case where a fixed fee of Ă‚ÂŁ1000 was agreed for work but the final bill came to Ă‚ÂŁ19,000. In another case they charged an airline company Ă‚ÂŁ500,000 for work which a specialist judge found was worth just a fifth of that amount.

Mireskandari is legal advisor to the Black Police Association.

Back to Dizaei, his recent problems don’t stop there, he is now also under investigation accused of making up evidence after arresting a man during an incident at an Iranian restaurant. Dizaei says he was hit with part of a hubble-bubble pipe after a bust up with a male. He arrested the man.

The CPS has said that after examination of CCTV footage & ‘other evidence’ it has found ” ‘a number of significant factual conflicts” & dismissed any criminal case against the man. The Metropolitan Police Authority have passed the investigation to the IPCC.

Amanda Platell, writing in the Daily Mail this week, describes Dizaei as “a disgrace to the uniform”.

Dizaei & the Black Police Association are now threatening to start a publicity campaign advising ethnic minorities not to join the police because of racism within the force.

I heard someone say on hearing that Sir Ian Blair had suspended Tarique Ghaffur that Blair had finally “grown a pair”. It seems that he may need to grow another pair; I see no way he can let Dizaei remain in his post under the current circumstances.

Time will tell.