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Met commander denies misconduct

Ali Dizaei
Ali Dizaei: Denies misconduct charges

Metropolitan Police commander Ali Dizaei has appeared in court to deny misconduct charges linked to a scuffle in a restaurant in west London.

The 47-year-old became embroiled in a row after trying to arrest a businessman outside the Persian Yas restaurant in July last year.

Mr Dizaei denied misconduct in a public office and perverting the course of justice at Southwark Crown Court.

The case was adjourned until 9 October and a trial may begin on 30 November.

The first charge alleges Mr Dizaei is responsible for misconduct in a public office by threatening Waad Al-Baghdadi and by "purporting to arrest and detain" him knowing he did not have reasonable grounds.

The second alleges Mr Dizaei perverted the course of justice by falsely claiming in written statements that he "had been a victim of an unprovoked assault by Mr Al-Baghdadi".

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