Former Met Police commander Ali Dizaei faces trial

Ali Dizaei
Image caption Ex-Scotland Yard commander Ali Dizaei is to face a trial later this year

A former Metropolitan Police commander accused of corruption is to face a trial later this year.

Ali Dizaei, 48, has appeared at Luton Crown Court to deny allegations of misconduct in a public office and perverting the course of justice.

The charges are linked to a row at a restaurant in Kensington, west London.

Mr Dizaei arrested Waad Al-Baghdadi after having a scuffle with him, and has been accused of knowing there were no reasonable grounds to detain him.

He is also alleged to have perverted the course of justice by falsely claiming in written statements that was the victim of an unprovoked assault by Mr Al-Baghdadi.

The dispute occurred at the Persian Yas restaurant in July 2008.

Mr Dizaei, a former president of the National Black Police Association, is due appear at another hearing before 30 September.

However a date for this hearing has not been set, and it is unclear when his trial will begin.

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