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'Discrimination and collusion' Claim against former top cop.



Byline: By ROBERT DEX News Correspondent

A SENIOR Scotland Yard Scotland Yard, headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police. The term is often used, popularly, to refer to one branch, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). Named after a short street in London, the site of a palace used in the 12th cent.  officer is expected to serve notice of a claim of racial discrimination against the Metropolitan Police to an Employment Tribunal Employment Tribunals are inferior courts in Great Britain which have statutory jurisdiction to hear many kinds of disputes between employers and employees. The most common disputes being concerned with unfair dismissal and discrimination.  in London today.

Commander Ali Dizaei Chief Superintendent Ali Dizaei (born c 1962) is a senior officer in the London Metropolitan Police. An Iranian-born Muslim with dual nationality, he came to prominence after an inquiry into alleged malpractice (of which he was cleared) and has frequently spoken out in the media on , the president of the National Black Police Association, will claim former commissioner Sir Ian Blair and the Met's chief executive Catherine Crawford colluded to suspend him from duty.

He was suspended in September this year after being accused of misconduct.

Chairman of the Metropolitan Black Police Association Alfred John said: "The Metropolitan Police Authority The Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) is the police authority responsible for supervising the Metropolitan Police Service, the police force for Greater London (excluding the City of London Police area).  will have difficulty explaining how an officer, who according to very senior police officers performs exceptionally well in his job, has been suspended from duty when white senior officers subject to more serious complaints remain on duty and are, in fact, promoted."

Mr Dizaei was previously suspended in 2001 after allegations of corruption and drug use were made. He was cleared in 2003 and reinstated and awarded pounds 60,000 compensation.

Commander Dizaei claims one reason he was suspended was to prevent him representing colleague, Asst Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur, who agreed an out-of-court settlement in his race claim against Scotland Yard last month

A Metropolitan Police Authority spokesman said it awaited official notification of Commander Dizaei's actions.

The Met is currently fighting several high-profile Employment Tribunal claims, including one of racist bullying and victimisation from Yasmin Rehman, the Met's head of diversity.

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Date:Dec 17, 2008
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