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Dizaei can challenge conviction

Controversial police chief Ali Dizaei has been given the go-ahead to challenge his conviction for misconduct and perverting the course of justice.

The former Scotland Yard commander was found guilty for a second time at a retrial in February.

Dizaei was first convicted of framing young businessman Waad al-Baghdadi in a street row in 2010 but the conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal a year later.

After the second trial he received a three-year prison sentence at London's Southwark Crown Court.

This was reduced by the 15 months he had already spent behind bars and he has been released.

Dizaei, from west London, was jailed for four years after being convicted of the same offences in February 2010.

He was sacked by the Metropolitan Police in May following internal disciplinary proceedings.

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Dizaei loses bid to adjourn hearing

Controversial police chief Ali Dizaei today lost his High Court bid to have a misconduct hearing postponed.

The 49-year-old Scotland Yard commander, who has twice been jailed for corruption, is due to face an internal disciplinary tribunal in London tomorrow.

In February 2010 he was jailed for four years but the conviction was quashed a year later by the Court of Appeal.

At a retrial this February he received a three-year prison sentence - reduced by the time he has already spent behind bars.

He has since been released with an electronic tag and is pursuing a further appeal against conviction.

Dizaei won his job back with the Metropolitan Police before the retrial, but has been suspended on full salary, pending the disciplinary process.