Standing on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, the immaculately dressed man with greasy black hair and £835 Cartier sunglasses smiled contentedly as he posed for a photo with his designer-clad wife.
The couple doesn’t look out of place in the greatness and beauty of the film industry.
He wore a £2,230 Cartier belt and a maroon bow tie to match his sophisticated evening gown. She wears a conservatively estimated £38,000 Cartier bracelet and £20,300 ring of the same brand, as well as a Breguet watch priced between £18,000 and £30,000 – not to mention her Hermès clutch, worth more than £100,000. £31,000.
Former Scotland Yard commander Ali Dizai, 60, jailed twice for framing innocent man at Cannes
Dizaei was a guest to Her Majesty the Queen at Wandsworth Prison in South London more than a decade ago in recognition of his actions with the Met
But when VIPs come to watch the premiere of a movie, the mysterious person who grabs the world’s media attention is not an actor, a film director or a Hollywood mogul.
He is a disgrace to former Scotland Yard commander Ali Dizaei, 60, who has been jailed twice for framing an innocent man.
Dizaei was Her Majesty’s guest at Wandsworth Prison in south London more than a decade ago – fallen tennis star Boris Becker was recently sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for hiding his assets after bankruptcy.
In an extraordinary reversal of fortunes, Dizzy, who has rubbed shoulders with celebrities, movie stars and VIPs, continues his self-made transformation from disgraced former yard dean to globetrotting tycoon.
A former Metropolitan Police colleague who saw his picture in Cannes joked: “What’s next? Maybe he’ll play the bad guy in the next James Bond movie. He could be the new Blofield!
Iranian-born Dizaei, especially his third wife Shai, isn’t shy about telling the world about their newfound wealth, with regular updates on their gorgeous adventures on her Instagram feed.
He wore a Cartier belt worth a whopping £2,230 and a maroon bow tie to match his sophisticated evening gown
The 47-year-old photographed herself wearing a Dolce & Gabbana floral dress ($4,700) on the marble stairs of the five-star hotel Martinez in Cannes, the 47-year-old’s latest Instagram post to her 547,000 followers on Wednesday showed Sterling) wearing a Christian Dior hat.
A day earlier, Mrs Dizaei had posted a photo of herself with heavy makeup, flawless hair, perfectly groomed hair, and a long black ball gown with her two glamorous companions.
Instagram has countless photos of her posing at dinner parties, limousines, stylish restaurants and skiing in the Alps. Hotels follow a pattern – the Ritz in Paris, Clevedon outside London and the Burj Al Arab in Dubai. When on vacation, whether in Mykonos or Santorini, there is always a villa.
A corporate video emerged last year depicting Dizaei as a respected former Metropolitan Police chief who is now an international burglar.
The two-minute clip is a remarkable spray-paint of history, without mentioning that Dizaei is the “founder and chairman” of Covert Security Ltd in the UK, one of Scotland Yard’s most notorious figures – one labelled ” “criminals” label people in uniform’. Or he went on to become the most senior Metropolitan Police officer in decades, jailed for corruption after being convicted of misconduct in public office and perversion of the judicial process.
Ms Dizaei is the sole director of Covert Security Ltd, which produced the promotional video.
Dizaei’s newfound fortune is in stark contrast to his humble life a decade ago, when he lived in a prison for Her Majesty the Queen and bought a humble semi-detached house in west London for £307,500.
Di Zai, who rubs shoulders with celebrities, movie stars and VIPs, continues his extraordinary self-made transformation
Dizaei has been a highly controversial figure at Scotland Yard for more than a decade, where he faces multiple allegations of misconduct.
He was first convicted in February 2010 and jailed for four years when Nick Hardwick, the head of the police watchdog at the time, called him a “criminal in uniform”.
But he was released in May 2011 after an appeals court quashed his conviction after his victim, Waad al-Baghdadi, misled authorities about his immigration status.
Dizaei was subsequently reinstated by police, suspended on full pay and given back wages and allowances of up to £180,000.
But a guilty verdict at a retrial in 2012 ultimately prevented any avenue of return for Scotland Yard’s so-called “Teflon commander”, who was sent back to prison.
He lost an appeal against his conviction in 2013 and then embarked on an incredible rebirth as a multi-millionaire.