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Wrongfully Jailed Ex-PC Awarded £800K 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.
Mr Alam has always maintained he was persecuted because he accused a superior officer of race discrimination.
After serving nine months behind bars, he fought to clear his name and was finally cleared by the Court of Appeal in 2007.
The Chief Constable of Cleveland Police eventually admitted malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office, paving the way to the award of £838,363 plus interest of £3,065 and costs, which have yet to be agreed.
In a prepared statement, Mr Alam said he believed the same injustice could happen to someone else.
"It does not appear to me that lessons have been learned from the last 17 years," he said.
"Safeguards need to be put in place and or improved to ensure that this never happens again."
In 2003, four fellow officers involved in Mr Alam's original prosecution were charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and other offences, but were acquitted.
Mr Alam, a father of two girls who were eight and six when he was convicted, separated from his wife in 2002 as a result of the turmoil the case brought to his family life.
He remarried but his second marriage was said to have failed under the pressure of what had happened and his resulting psychiatric illness.
After being cleared in 2007, he was reinstated to Cleveland Police but retired in 2009 on health grounds.
what do you think?
Phylip de la Maziere
Its bad news for the rest of us when the Police turn on themselves but great news that an innocent man has found justice!!!
"Fitted up" by the police - who'd have thought!!!
They can do this to a colleague. The public doesn't have a hope in hell. Imagine how many innocents are behind bars, due to the ever increasing corruption of the police force !
Is there any wonder that there is no respect for the police force.
i had a case where i was stitched up by a copper big time won the case just waiting for compensation due to the serious violence used on me and caught on cctv but they will not use and of this evidence to prosecute there own nearly lost my lovely wife and 2 kids due to the 5 yrs+ of stress and the amount of money ive had to spend to clear my name which i will get back but no good if it nearly bankrupts you also being self employed and unable to work for 4 months due to injurys didnt help either thank goodness i had a supporting wife
You have all my sympathies, David. I'll say no more, but I hope you have the strength to get back up, dust yourself off, ...........
good on you dave for pursuing this action,hope you get same compensation as mr. alam,you deserve it.
Good luck. Hope u get all u deserve.
thanks guys, i am fighting tooth and nail for the final piece of the puzzle but, there holding out trying to wear me down but its gone on that long they can forget that. offered a measly £20k 15 mths ago because theyre trying to say they dont owe me for the future (even tho the offer includes money for the injuries.) only one winner tho thats the solicitors my costs so far mount to over £80k
The cops involved should pay not the tax payer,
I suppose it is too much to expect that the people responsible for this miscarriage of justice are made to pay the money, rather than the council tax payers of Cleveland. Where is the incentive for the police to improve their behaviour when any monetary penalties are paid by the rest of us?