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Ali Dizaei pay row witness accused of lying

Waad Al-Baghdadi (in striped top) in Yas restaurant on the night of the row
The waiter witnessed a part of the row at the restaurant

A waiter who saw a row between Metropolitan Police commander Ali Dizaei and a web designer has been accused of lying in court.

Ahmad Golizadeh was at a west London restaurant when the row over pay broke out in July 2008.

At Southwark Crown Court, prosecutor Peter Wright QC accused Mr Golizadeh of giving "false evidence" as it differed from an account he gave in 2008.

Mr Dizaei denies assault, false arrest, and misconduct in public office.

The 47-year-old Metropolitan Police officer also denies perverting the course of justice.

Mr Golizadeh had previously given evidence in an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Mr Wright suggested the waiter, who heard part of the row between Mr Dizaei and Waad Al-Baghdadi, was lying as he accused Mr Al-Baghdadi, 24, - also known as Milad - of being aggressive towards the officer and called him a "hoodlum" and "troublemaker".

Have you put your head together with anyone? Have you come here to give false evidence?
Peter Wright QC, prosecutor

Mr Wright asked the witness: "Are you telling us that you told the investigators that Milad was acting in a provocative way towards Mr Dizaei but they failed to include it in the statement?"

Speaking through an interpreter, Mr Golizadeh replied: "Yes, I said everything about that. I told them everything."

Mr Wright replied: "That is a lie isn't it?

"Have you put your head together with anyone? Have you come here to give false evidence?"

The court heard Mr Golizadeh was a reluctant witness as he feared being attacked.

He had also made a written statement before the trial saying: "I do not want to give evidence about this incident or have anything to do with it."

When confronted by the prosecutor he said the IPCC had "deleted some bits" of his evidence and had not provided a translator during the two formal interviews.

The trial continues.

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