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Disgraced Ali Dizaei makes renewed conviction appeal

Ali Dizaei
Image caption Ali Dizaei has been attacked in prison

Disgraced police commander Ali Dizaei is to make a last-ditch bid to have his conviction for corruption overturned.

Dizaei, 47, was jailed in February for four years for misconduct and perverting the course of justice.

The former officer was found guilty of attacking and falsely arresting a web designer in 2008.

He is now going to take his case to the Court of Appeal. Earlier this month, a senior judge sitting alone ruled he had no grounds for an appeal.

Dizaei, 47, believes he has grounds to prove his trial was unfair and that his jail term was too harsh.

Stephen Fox, senior partner at Ralli Solicitors, confirmed Dizaei had instructed him to co-ordinate a renewed appeal.

The trial had heard the officer threatened, assaulted, falsely arrested and faked evidence against Waad Al-Baghdadi, who had built him a website.

Self-inflicted injuries

The two men clashed physically in the street after being caught on CCTV arguing at a Persian restaurant, Yas, in Kensington, west London.

It is understood the appeal focuses on the evidence of waiter Ahmad Golizadeh who witnessed Dizaei's actions at the restaurant.

The appeal also involves the weight given to evidence by pathologist Dr Nathaniel Cary, who was employed by Dizaei's team, to examine bruising on his body.

The trial had heard from a police doctor that injuries Dizaei claimed had been caused by Mr Al-Baghdadi were probably self-inflicted.

The appeal application also questions whether the four-year jail term is excessive when compared with other police officers convicted of similar offences.

Dizaei has endured a torrid time since being jailed, including being attacked and covered in slop, and is now jailed in Monmouthshire, South Wales, for his safety.

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