LONDON, May 21 - Metropolitan Police Commander Ali Dizaei has been charged with misconduct and perverting the course of justice following his arrest of a man last year, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said today.
The charges against Dizaei, one of Britain's most senior Muslim officers, follow an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) into the arrest, which took place in a London restaurant.
"These charges relate to an incident in which Mr Dizaei, in his capacity as a police officer, arrested a man on allegations including assault," said solicitor Gaon Hart, of the CPS Special Crime Division.
"A decision not to charge that individual was made by the CPS in August 2008," he added in a statement.
"Following an investigation by the IPCC, a file was submitted to me in November 2008. I asked the IPCC to undertake further inquiries and I received the results of those inquiries this month." - Reuters"
(the news is taken from the Malaysian Insider )
A police Commander had wrongfully arrested a man. And the man was never charged for any offence. It was a clear abuse of the power to arrest. And that Commander is now being charged for misconduct and perverting the course of justice.
This is how it should be.
But in Malaysia, oh well...we all know how it is.
PS: By the time I do this update, it is confirmed that there will be no charges against the 5 lawyers who were arrested last week. The report is here. Which begs the question, why were they arrested? Minister Nazri told the Bar that there are Courts in this country and asked the Bar to allow the Courts to decide on whether the 5 lawyers had committed any offence. Now, where is the offence, may I ask?