Lawyers at the Daily Mail will heave a sigh of relief that corrupt policeman Ali Dizaei has been jailed for four years after trying to frame an innocent man following a fracas in a Kensington restaurant.
He was found guilty of misconduct in a public office and perverting the course of justice after a row over £600.
His imprisonment should bring to a close any outstanding lbel actions brought by the litigious Met Police commander.
In October, Dizaei sued the Daily Mail for libel over a story headlined: “Dizaei and the crooked lawyer” which alleged, according to a writ, that Dizaei betrayed his employers by secretly selling his services as a consultant to defence solicitors, advising them on how to undermine charges brought by the police.
Dizaei was seeking unlimited damages over the story. But following his jailing yesterday it is highly likely that he has no reputation left to defend.
In December the News of the World apologised and paid libel damages to Dizaei over a story in which the paper claimed he dishonestly employed an illegal immigrant.
In September 2009, the Mail and the Evening Standard paid substantial damages to Dizaei over stories claiming he was a bigamist.