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Met's Dizaei in court appearance

Ali Dizaei
Commander Ali Dizaei is president of the National Black Police Association

Senior Metropolitan police officer Ali Dizaei has appeared in court charged over a scuffle at a restaurant.

The 47-year-old commander faces charges of misconduct in public office and perverting the course of justice.

He appeared at City of Westminster Magistrates' and was bailed to appear at Southwark Crown Court on 5 August.

Mr Dizaei, also the National Black Police Association president, was suspended from the Met in September. He has denied the allegations.

During a short hearing on Wednesday, Mr Dizaei spoke only to confirm his name.

He was represented by human rights solicitor Imran Khan.

Man arrested

Mr Dizaei was charged last month following an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The allegations were linked to an incident outside the Middle Eastern Yas restaurant in Kensington, west London, on 18 July last year.

When the charges were brought, the Crown Prosecution Service said they related to an incident in which Mr Dizaei, "in his capacity as a police officer, arrested a man on allegations including assault".

The CPS said it made a decision not to charge that individual in August 2008.

The National Black Police Association responded by saying it had offered Mr Dizaei its "full support" as president.

Earlier reports that the court decided Mr Dizaei would stand trial later in the summer were incorrect.

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