London, May 21, IRNA - Iranian-born police
commander Ali Dizaei is to face charges of misconduct in public office and
perverting the course of justice, Britain's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)
The CPS said that there was "sufficient evidence" to prosecute Dizaei, who was previously cleared of charges in an earlier case in 2003 but was again suspended from duty last year.
The maximum sentence for misconduct in public office and perverting the course of justice is life sentence. The criminal case represents one of the highest ranked officers ever to face prosecution.
CPS lawyer Gaon Hart said the charges relate to an incident in which Dizaei arrested a man in July last year on allegations including assault but that a decision was later taken not to prosecute the individual.
Allegations are that the commander, who is one of the highest-ranking ethnic minority offers, fabricated details to justify the arrest of the man after an incident at a restaurant in west London.
Dizaei was previously cleared of misconduct in public office and perverting the course of justice six years ago, when he claimed that there was a "witchhunt" against him after it was revealed that the police spend £7 milion investigating him.
Since then, he has been promoted twice and in 2007, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair issued an apology for the previous investigations.
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