29th June 2010 and 13th February 2012.
In February 2010, Ali Dizaei (who held the rank of Commander in the Metropolitan
Police) was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment for offences of
misconduct in public office and perverting the course of justice - see Daily Mail 9th February 2010. He appealed and the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) ordered a retrial on the basis of new evidence - judgment. In February 2012, Dizaei was convicted and, this time, sentenced to 3 years imprisonment (less
Dizaei's appeal was heard in
May 2011 and a retrial was ordered on the basis of new evidence. In
February 2012, Dizaei was convicted at the retrial.
Saunders J sentenced him to 3 years imprisonment (with 15 months already served to be allowed for). The sentencing remarks of Saunders J are available on the Judiciary website.
against conviction at the second trial but his appeal was dismissed by the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) Lord Judge CJ, Wyn Williams and Globe JJ - judgment at Dizaei v R  EWCA Crim 88.
The incident which gave rise to these
convictions occurred on 18 July 2008. At that time the appellant was a
career police officer who had attained the very senior rank of Commander
in the Metropolitan Police. The case against him was that he abused
the power and authority of his office to arrest and detain and then make
false complaints of threat and assault by Wad Al-Baghdadi (WAB)
(otherwise known as Malechi or Meladi) on spurious grounds. WAB, a
dishonest man of bad character, was engaged by the appellant in 2008 to
use his expertise in computing to create a web-site for him. The
incident on 18 July represented the culmination of the dispute which
developed between them over the work done and the absence of payment for
The successful appeal following the first
trial was based on emerging evidence that, contrary to the way in which
the case had been presented to the jury, WAB was not a man of good
character and in particular, that he was not the honest, decent young
business man portrayed by the Crown. Accordingly, given that the jury
had approached his credibility under a complete misapprehension about
his true character, and therefore started their assessment of the two
main protagonists as if they were both men of equally good character,
the conviction was quashed and the new trial ordered.
At the second appeal, Dizaei argued a single ground of appeal. WAB's bad character was in part put before
the jury but Saunders J had ruled that there were three additional
areas of material relating to his character which were
inadmissible under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 s.100(1). Dizaei's argument was that the judge's decision in relation
to each of these three areas of evidence was flawed, that the evidence should have been adduced and that exclusion of the evidence made his conviction unsafe.
The Court of Appeal disagreed with Saunders J in relation to one of the matters which had been excluded but went on to hold that the excluded evidence did not begin to
undermine the powerful body of evidence independent of WAB which served
to prove that, .... , the guilty verdict was fully justified. The conviction was safe.
Dizaei was dismissed from the Police for a second time in 2012 following conviction at the retrial - Telegraph 15th May 2012.