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Ali Dizaei can challenge conviction, Court of Appeal rules

Metropolitan Police Commander Ali Dizaei arrives at Southwark Crown on 6 February
Image caption Dizaei is no longer in prison

Former Scotland Yard police commander Ali Dizaei has been granted an appeal against his conviction for perverting the course of justice.

He was jailed in 2010 for four years for framing a businessman after a row.

Dizaei was found guilty for a second time at a retrial in February after his original conviction was quashed.

The Court of Appeal has given Dizaei, 49, permission to challenge his latest conviction. The case is expected to be heard in the autumn.

Iranian-born Dizaei, from Acton, west London, was also convicted of misconduct in a public office.

After the second trial he received a three-year prison sentence however London's Southwark Crown Court reduced this by the 15 months he had already served and he has been released.

Dizaei was sacked by the Metropolitan Police in May following internal disciplinary proceedings.

He was a police officer for 27 years, beginning his career with Thames Valley Police then working with the Met.

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