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Ex-PC awarded £800,000 compensation

Sultan Alam, at an earlier hearing Photo: ITV

A former Cleveland Police officer will receive £800,000 in compensation for being wrongfully prosecuted and sent to prison by his former colleagues.

The decision at Leeds County Court marks the end of a 17-year legal fight by Sultan Alam, who said after the hearing it was "never about the money".

In 1994, Mr Alam was accused of handling stolen car parts. Later, the Court of Appeal ruled officers had deliberately suppressed evidence which could have cleared him.

  • 1996: Wrongly convicted and sent to prison for 18 months. He served half his sentence.
  • 2004: The trial collapses of four officers accused of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice
  • 2007: Mr Alam's conviction is overturned by the Court of Appeal
  • 2011: Cleveland Police admit liability