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Met chief cleared of card misuse

Ali Dizaei
Commander Ali Dizaei had denied all the allegations

Suspended senior Metropolitan police officer Ali Dizaei has been cleared of misusing his corporate credit card.

Mr Dizaei, 47, was accused of spending more than £5,000 on clothes and perfume during a trip to the United States.

However an inquiry by Dorset Chief Constable Martin Baker found no evidence of wrongdoing by Mr Dizaei.

Mr Dizaei remains suspended, as he is facing trial over criminal charges of misconduct related to a scuffle in a restaurant in west London.

'No evidence'

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said he would face no further action or investigation on the matter, following a meeting of the Metropolitan Police Authority where it was agreed no action should be taken.

Alfred John, of the the Metropolitan Black Police Association, said Mr Dizaei always thought the claims were without foundation.

Mr Dizaei faced these accusations after a wider probe examining abuse of the corporate credit card system at Scotland Yard.

An IPCC spokesman said: "The Independent Police Complaints Commission's managed investigation into the use of a corporate card by a Metropolitan Police Officer of Acpo rank has now concluded.

"The investigation found no evidence that the officer acted dishonestly or with any lack of integrity."

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