Devon

Dance Academy owner Bahmanzadeh plans new appeal

  • 1 June 2013
  • From the section Devon
Dance Academy police raid, 2006
Image caption Officers raided the Dance Academy in Union Street in 2006 following an undercover police operation

The owner of a Plymouth nightclub has started proceedings in the European Court of Human Rights against a conviction for drugs offences.

Manoucehr Bahmanzadeh, who owned the Dance Academy, was jailed in 2008 for allowing ecstasy sales in the club.

The 55-year-old failed to overturn his conviction last year at the Court of Appeal in London.

But he walked free after his nine-year sentence was cut to seven and a half years.

Bahmanzadeh's new appeal is based around evidence which he says casts doubt on the reliability of a key prosecution witness.

Undercover police began monitoring the club in December 2005, eventually sending in 140 officers in riot gear to raid the premises in May 2006.

A total of 16 drug dealers were later prosecuted and jailed for their activities at the club.

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