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Ali Dizaei files against Scotland Yard for "religious, racial discrimination"

London, Dec 17, IRNA - Iranian-born senior police commander of West London has served a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Police for "religious and racial discrimination" on Wednesday.

Commander Ali Dizaei told IRNA his claim will be filed against the former commissioner of Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard) Sir Ian Blair on charges of religions and racial discrimination.

Dizaei was suspended from duty in September after accusations of misconduct in the police. He says Sir Ian and another Metropolitan Police official colluded to suspend him from duty.

"The Central London Tribunal has two options: either to heavily fine them or discipline them," he said, adding that his race bias case will be one of the biggest files ever levelled against the Scotland Yard.

Dizaei earlier told IRNA that an Iraqi asylum-seeker had been encouraged by high-ranking Met officials to charge him with misconduct during an operation outside a restaurant in London.

High-ranking Met police officers have "conspired" against Dizaei to suspend him from his job, even though Scotland Yard officers, in several occasions, have confirmed that Dizaei performed "exceptionally well in his job".

Referring to the conspiracies against him by the resigned head of Scotland Yard, Dizaei said Sir Ian's influence over this case has remarkably diminished "as he is not in office anymore."

He said some 15,000 Met officers are supporting him in the race bias case because he is the president of the National Black Police Association which has recently asked ethnic minorities, particularly Muslims, interested in serving in the police not to join the Met because of its racial discrimination.

Dizaei said US black police leader Ron Hampton has also backed him in the case against the Met.

Alfred John, a Metropolitan Black Police Association spokesman, earlier told the Guardian that the Metropolitan Police Authority will have difficulty explaining how an officer as Dizaei has been suspended from duty when "white senior officers subject to more serious complaints remain on duty and are in fact promoted."

The Met is currently struggling with several racial discrimination cases including one brought by its head of diversity Yasmin Rehman who, according to the Guardian, says she suffered "racist bullying and victimisation."

All Muslim senior commanders with Scotland Yard including Shabir Hussein, Tarique Ghaffur and Ali Dizaei have been suspended from duty in the past three months, drawing criticisms against the London police for behaving discriminatorily towards its senior officers with ethnic and racial differences.

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