And so it has finally come to pass: after years of bleating about being investigated for corruption and denied promotion on “racist” grounds, after several scandals and enquiries, the chickens have finally come home to roost for Chief Superintendent Ali Dizaei.
After a month-long trial at Southwark Crown Court the jury took two hours to unanimously convict Dizaei of misconduct in a public office and attempting to pervert the course of justice
I first remember coming across the name in Private Eye, which initially promoted the idea that Dizaei had been inappropriately investigated for corruption charges. There was an awful lot of fuss about the amount of resources thrown at trying to find him guilty of something. I can only assume that the copper who was trying to nail him actually was a proper copper and knew that something was going on, but just couldn’t prove it.
And so, after all that effort was expended to no avail, I assume that Dizaei felt he had become untouchable, immune to prosecution. And like Al Capone, the thing that brought him down was a squalid, distasteful thing, in fact even more so. He behaved like a petty thug, making boastful threats and displaying an almost childishly spiteful abuse of authority. It’s the sort of thing you might expect from a rookie PCSO, not a Chief Superintendent!
The Metropolitan Police commander engaged in a “wholesale abuse of power for personal motives” after he rowed with website developer Waad Al-Baghdadi, 24.
Dizaei owed the victim £600 for a personal website he had designed for him.
When Mr Al-Baghdadi asked the police chief for payment outside a West London restaurant, Dizaei pursued him down an alley in his car before violently arresting him and telling him “I am responsible for 5,000 officers. I can —- your life”.
Dizaei later claimed that the victim had attacked him with a sharp metal mouthpiece for a ‘shisha’ pipe.
Dizaei faked injuries to back up his claims, and engaged in a campaign to smear Mr Al-Baghdadi by claiming he had been caught using stolen credit cards.
The innocent businessman spent nearly 24 hours in a cell and was the subject of a full police investigation before the case was dropped by prosecution lawyers.
I’m not sure how to say this without provoking a storm of comments about my innate racism, but is it remotely possible that Mr Dizaei was only promoted as far as he was because of his race, rather than anything else? He certainly has not come out of this tale with any kind of dignity or ability as a policeman.
And I wonder if Private Eye will be publishing a retraction of support from this nasty little man?