Disgraced Dizaei paid just £750 court costs - Crime - UK - The Independent

Disgraced Dizaei paid just £750 court costs

Disgraced former police officer Ali Dizaei paid just £750 towards the five-figure cost of putting him on trial, it can be disclosed today.



Prosecutors originally demanded £64,500 after the former Scotland Yard commander was jailed for four years after being found guilty of corruption in February.



But court officials confirmed his legal team successfully reduced the substantial bill and negotiated four months to pay.



It is understood they argued Dizaei, 47, could not meet the bill and outlined his apparently limited assets in a behind-the-scenes exchange of letters.



Dizaei, who earned about £90,000 until his dismissal, also faced a considerable bill from his defence, headed by Michael Mansfield QC.



Mr Mansfield, who can command up to £1,900 a day for his services, came out of retirement for the four-week trial.



Jailing Dizaei on February 8, Mr Justice Simon was told there would be a "substantial application for costs".



But Mr Mansfield replied: "As far as this defendant is concerned, his career in the police service is at an end.



"What means of support he will be able to continue in the future is highly speculative."



Dizaei was convicted of attempting to frame an Iraqi businessman when they fell out over money, after a jury was told he acted like a gangster.



The officer threatened, assaulted, falsely arrested and faked evidence against the younger man, who built him a vanity website.



The two men clashed in the street after being caught on CCTV arguing at a Persian restaurant, Yas, in west London.



He continues to fight the conviction and sentence as his legal team prepare a last-ditch bid to ask a panel of judges to reconsider his appeal.



The former officer believes he has grounds to prove his trial was unfair and that his jail term is too harsh.



He has endured a torrid time in prison, including a violent attack, racist threats and an incident in which excrement was poured over his head.



Dizaei has also pledged to sue prison authorities for failing to protect him from a fellow inmate who he claimed made racist threats.



The Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) is yet to consider whether it will apply to make Dizaei forfeit some or all of his estimated £1 million pension pot.



The Home Secretary must agree his crimes were "gravely injurious to the interests of the state" or liable to lead to loss of confidence in police.



Dizaei earned several hundred thousand pounds while suspended on full pay awaiting the 2010 trial and an earlier corruption trial in 2003.



He emerged unscathed from earlier inquiries, including a multimillion-pound undercover operation examining claims of corruption, fraud and dishonesty.



A Southwark Crown Court spokesman said: "A £750 prosecution costs order was made on April 23 and he was due to pay within four months."



Dizaei's solicitor did not respond to a request for comment.



Life and Style
tech
News
Paper trail: the wedding photograph found in the rubble after 9/11 – it took Elizabeth Keefe 13 years to find the people in it
newsWho are the people in this photo? It took Elizabeth Stringer Keefe 13 years to find out
Arts and Entertainment
Evil eye: Douglas Adams in 'mad genius' pose
booksNew biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Arts and Entertainment
Robin Thicke's video for 'Blurred Lines' has been criticised for condoning rape
music
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Sport
FootballFull debuts don't come much more stylish than those on show here
News
i100
Life and Style
Kim Kardashian drawn backlash over her sexy swimsuit selfie, called 'disgusting' and 'nasty'
fashionCritics say magazine only pays attention to fashion trends among rich, white women
Arts and Entertainment
TVShows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Arts and Entertainment
Hit the roof: hot-tub cinema east London
architectureFrom pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
Travel
travel
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week