The life of Ali Dizaei

16 02 2010

From birth to prison.


Born into a police family in Tehran, where his grandfather was an assistant commissioner, his father the head of traffic police and his uncles were also policemen.

His father sent him to a UK boarding school, in West Sussex, and he studied law at London City University before gaining an MA and later a doctorate.


Joins Thames Valley police.

March 1999

Joins Metropolitan police as a superintendent. A keen bodybuilder, he was identified early on in his career as one of the Met’s fastest-rising young officers and was tipped to become a commissioner.

July 1999

Covert investigation by Scotland Yard anti-corruption squad begins.

January 2001

Dizaei suspended from duty.

September 2003

Acquitted by an Old Bailey jury of charges including misconduct in public office. The Crown Prosecution Service later drops other charges. The case triggers a boycott of the Met by its own ethnic minority officers.

October 2003

Met reinstates Dizaei in deal that followed government pressure.

April 2004

Dizaei promoted to chief superintendent after Met decides not to pursue outstanding disciplinary issues against him.

March 2007

Publishes autobiography, Not One of Us, serialised in the Times. Guardian reveals MI5 passed suspicions about him to Scotland Yard.

Early June 2008

Heavy rumours circulating that assistant commissioner Tarique Ghaffur will sue Met for racial discrimination.

Late June 2008

Dizaei, by now the leader of the National Black Police Association, falsely accused of bigamy by a newspaper, which later has to pay damages.

June 2008

Ghaffur annouces he will sue.

September 2008

Dizaei suspended from duty for second time in career.

November 2008

Ghaffur withdraws allegations of discrimination after accepting an out-of-court settlement.

May 2009

Dizaei charged over alleged false arrest of Waad al-Baghdadi

January 2010

Trial of Dizaei begins at Southwark crown court. He is the highest-ranking police officer to face criminal charges in modern times.

February 2010

Dizaei found guilty of misconduct in public office and attempting to pervert the course of justice and jailed for four years.

From the Guardian




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