Brit Iranian police chief suspended over misconduct allegations

September 19th, 2008 - 12:46 pm ICT by ANI  


London, Sept.19 (ANI): Controversial Scotland Yard police chief Ali Dizaei has been suspended over allegations of misconduct. Iranian-born Dizaei is being investigated over several separate claims, including one complaint about an allegation he made about being assaulted in a row with a man outside a restaurant in London. He was suspended after “very careful consideration” after a meeting of the professional standards committee of the Metropolitan Police Authority, which oversees the running of Britain’’s biggest force, reports The Telegraph. Scotland Yard insiders said that the gravity of the claim made the suspension inevitable.
The suspension is likely to deepen a racial crisis at the Yard.
Tarique Ghaffur, Britain’’s most senior Asian officer, was put on “gardening leave” by Sir Ian Blair earlier this month after he had launched a discrimination claim which was publicly supported by Dizaei, who is the president of the National Black Police Association.
Dizaei, 47, has denied all the claims and his supporters believe that the allegations are attempts to undermine the officer.
Lord McKenzie, a former police officer who now chairs a private security company, has made complaints against Dizaei, alleging that he had an improper relationship with a firm of prominent London solicitors.
A deputy chief constable has been appointed to investigate the allegations.
Al-Baghdadi, a 23-year-old web designer, has accused Dizaei, of assault, threatening behaviour and abusing his powers.
Earlier this summer an inquiry was launched after it was claimed that Dizaei he had used his force credit card to spend nearly 5,000 pounds on clothes, shoes and perfume while on a trip to the United States. He denies any wrongdoing.
It is the second time the controversial officer has been suspended.
Dizaei joined the police in 1986 and transferred to the Met in 1999 as a superintendent. In 2001, he was subject to a three million pound undercover investigation into allegations of dishonesty and misconduct. He was cleared of all the charges in 2003.
Dizaei was reinstated with 60,000 pounds compensation after suing for racial discrimination over the multi-million-pound inquiry into his conduct.
Six months ago he was promoted to commander and took control of the Royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea, on a salary of 90,000 pounds.
He was unavailable for comment last night. (ANI)

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