Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

JAILED POLICE CHIEF IN CELL BRAWL; DIZAEI CLAIMS ATTACK BY FELLOW INMATE WAS 'RACIST' Dizaei Punch-Up Flared 'After Family Picture Was Defaced'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

JAILED POLICE CHIEF IN CELL BRAWL; DIZAEI CLAIMS ATTACK BY FELLOW INMATE WAS 'RACIST' Dizaei Punch-Up Flared 'After Family Picture Was Defaced'

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Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent

DISGRACED police chief Ali Dizaei is being investigated over claims he assaulted a fellow prisoner, the Standard can reveal.

The corrupt former Met commander is accused of attacking the inmate in his cell after a row. But Dizaei, 47, says he was the victim of a racist attack by the man.

Both prisoners suffered minor injuries and did not need hospital treatment. The fight took place in the Category D open prison where Dizaei was serving a four-year sentence for misconduct in a public office and perverting the course of justice. He has since been moved from the open jail at Prescoed in Monmouthshire to another for his own safety. The Welsh prison's governor has called in police to find out who was responsible. One report claims that Dizaei lashed out at his fellow inmate for allegedly defacing a family photograph on the walls of his cell. But Dizaei is counter-claiming that he was the target of a racist attack .

The former high-flying officer was jailed at Southwark crown court in February after a jury heard how he tried to frame web designer Waad al-Baghdadi in a row over a [pounds sterling]600 debt.

Dizaei assaulted Mr al-Baghdadi, 24, outside an Iranian restaurant in West Kensington, then tried to pretend he was the victim. The then [pounds sterling]90,000-ayear commander called police and told officers that the man had attacked him with an Arabian smoking pipe.

Mr al-Baghdadi complained about his treatment and Dizaei's story fell apart when a doctor gave evidence that his injuries appeared to be self-inflicted. Mr al-Baghdadi later compared Iranianborn Dizaei to gangster Tony Montana from the Al Pacino movie Scarface. The Independent Police Complaints Commission also branded him a "criminal in uniform".

Since his conviction, Dizaei has been moved to a series of jails amid fears for his safety. He began his sentence in Wandsworth but was moved to the part-open Category C Edmunds Hill prison in Suffolk. …

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