Monday, 16 April 2012

Wrongfully Jailed Police Officer Awarded £800,000 Payout

A police officer who was wrongfully jailed after a malicious prosecution brought by colleagues in Cleveland Police has been awarded more than £800,000 in compensation.

Sultan Alam was a police constable in 1994 when he was accused of being involved in a 'car ringing' scam.
He was jailed for handling stolen goods two years later.
The 49-year-old father of two said he endured ‘years of shame and humiliation’ that cost him two marriages and his health but claimed the result was all about the principle – not the money. 
He said outside court: It does not appear to me that lessons have been learned from the last 17 years. Safeguards need to be put in place or improved to ensure that this never happens again.
Cleveland Police  admitted offences including malicious prosecution at Leeds county court and will pay Mr Alam £841,430. 
The court heard the former traffic officer was ‘stitched up’ by fellow officers as a result of launching race discrimination proceedings in 1993.

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