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Dizaei wins job back as police commander

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

London, Sept 30, IRNA -- Iranian-born Ali Dizaei has been reinstated as a commander in London's Metropolitan Police after winning an appeal against his dismissal on corruption charges that were squashed in May.

A police appeal tribunal unanimously dismissed the sacking of Dizaei, when he was sentenced to serve four years in jail after being convicted in January 2010 for misconduct and perverting the course of justice.

The case related to allegations of framing an Iraqi web designer in a row over £600 but the conviction was squashed earlier this year after new evidence was presented.

'I am delighted to be reinstated. I have always wanted to be a Met police officer and now vow to clear my name,' the 49-year-old Iranian-born commander said.

Dizaei still faces re-trial and according to the BBC, the Metropolitan Police Authority is likely to suspend him until after the completion of the case, which is not expected to be heard until next year.

But his lawyers state that he will consider challenging any suspension in the courts, arguing many senior white police staff have been allowed to stay in their posts while criminal investigations take place.

Dizaei’s 25-year-old career as one of Britain's most senior ethnic minority officers has been embroiled in controversy, having previously cleared his name after what he called a 'police witch-hunt' against him in 2003 that cost £7 million.

Since then, he has succeeded in being promoted twice and in 2007, he received compensation and an apology from the Metropolitan Police Commissioner for the previous investigations.

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