Discredited Top Cop Ali Dizaei

Controversial Scotland Yard police chief Ali Dizaei has lost his High Court bid to have a misconduct hearing postponed.

The 49-year-old commander, who has twice been jailed for corruption, is due to face an internal disciplinary tribunal in London on Thursday.

In February 2010 he was jailed for four years but the conviction was quashed a year later by the Court of Appeal.

At a retrial this February he received a three-year prisonsentence – reduced by the time he has already spent behind bars.

He has since been released with an electronic tag and is pursuing a further appeal against conviction.

Dizaei won his job back with the Metropolitan Police before the retrial, but has been suspended on full salary, pending the disciplinary process.

He asked Mrs Justice Lang for an injunction adjourning the hearing, claiming that he received notification of the date, and details of funding of his legal expenses, too late for him to find representation. He claimed that the Metropolitan Police had been negligent in its handling of the misconduct proceedings – which he says should await the outcome of any criminal appeal.

Dismissing the application, the judge said that there was no evidence of negligence and that the claim was misconceived in law and had no prospect of success.

Dizaei was aware of the hearing date in good time and well aware of the provisions relating to legal representation and funding, she added. “The difficulty he finds himself in, in his lack of legal representation, is one of his own making.”

Dizaei was ordered to pay the £4,330 police costs of contesting the application.