Dizaei reinstated, then suspended
A Scotland Yard chief facing retrial for corruption has been suspended on full pay - just hours after it emerged he had been reinstated to the force.
Commander Ali Dizaei, who walked free from jail in May after his conviction was quashed, will receive his salary, understood to be around £90,000, before standing trial again early next year.
Confirmation of his suspension by the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) came after Mr Dizaei expressed his "delight" at a police appeal panel dismissing his sacking. Dizaei is understood to be considering further legal challenges against the suspension.
Before the MPA's announcement, the 49-year-old said: "I am delighted to be reinstated. I have always wanted to be a Met Police officer and now vow to clear my name."
The MPA confirmed in a statement that Dizaei had been suspended. It said: "The Police Appeals Tribunal upheld his appeal against dismissal.
"On receipt of their decision on September 29, the Metropolitan Police Authority's Professional Standards Cases Sub-Committee (PSCSC) immediately convened to consider the current status of outstanding matters concerning Commander Dizaei.
"After careful deliberation the PSCSC unanimously decided to suspend him. Suspension is not a disciplinary sanction and it is emphasised that suspension should not be taken as a presumption of guilt."
Dizaei is due to stand trial again early next year accused of misconduct in a public office and perverting the course of justice.
He launched a bid to get his job back after he was let out of Leyhill open prison when Lord Justice Hughes and two other judges said the Court of Appeal had been "driven to the conclusion" that his conviction "cannot be regarded as safe".
PSB Law, which represents Dizaei, said in a statement: "Commander Dizaei has always maintained that his previous dismissal from the Metropolitan police force pending his criminal appeal was in haste and unfair. That appeal was heard in May of this year and resulted in the quashing of Commander Dizaei's criminal convictions."