Mr Dizaei was convicted of Perverting the Course of Justice and Misconduct of Public Office. It was alleged by the prosecution that Mr Dizaei had falsely claimed that the complainant had assaulted him.
Mr Dizaei’s barrister submitted to the Court of Appeal that his client’s conviction was ‘unsafe’ as the trial judge failed to admit the complainant’s bad character. However, after reviewing this information, the Court of Appeal upheld the conviction.
The solicitor’s firm instructed in this matter have indicated that there is ‘potentially fresh evidence’ and an application will now be made to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
This case highlights that at any point, even when a client has lodged an appeal and it has been refused, fresh evidence can arise and that there are still avenues a person can go down to have their conviction overturned. Hope is not lost!
We at Stephensons are committed to helping fight miscarriages of justice and provide hope to our clients.
By appeals partner, Correna Platt