Dance Academy owner Bahmanzadeh plans new appeal

Dance Academy police raid, 2006
Image caption Officers raided the Dance Academy in Union Street in 2006 following an undercover police operation

The owner of a Plymouth nightclub has started proceedings in the European Court of Human Rights against a conviction for drugs offences.

Manoucehr Bahmanzadeh, who owned the Dance Academy, was jailed in 2008 for allowing ecstasy sales in the club.

The 55-year-old failed to overturn his conviction last year at the Court of Appeal in London.

But he walked free after his nine-year sentence was cut to seven and a half years.

Bahmanzadeh's new appeal is based around evidence which he says casts doubt on the reliability of a key prosecution witness.

Undercover police began monitoring the club in December 2005, eventually sending in 140 officers in riot gear to raid the premises in May 2006.

A total of 16 drug dealers were later prosecuted and jailed for their activities at the club.

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