London, Apr 17 (ANI): A Pakistani-origin policeman in Britain, who was jailed after being framed by his colleagues, has won his years long court battle and received 850,000 pounds in compensation.
Forty-nine-year-old traffic officer Sultan Alam's ordeal began when he lodged an employment tribunal claim, accusing Cleveland police force of racism.
In November 1994, just months before his claim was due to be heard, he was arrested by the brother-in-law of one of the senior officers he had complained about.
At that time he was charged with handling stolen goods by colleagues who 'stitched him up' because of his race claim.
Alam's trial for 'car ringing' in 1996 ended with his conviction and an 18-month jail sentence, half of which he served behind bars, The Daily Mail reports.
After he was freed, Alam began the long battle to clear his name. It found that serving police officers deliberately suppressed evidence that could have cleared his name.
According to the paper, Alam pursued a civil case against the Cleveland force, and its chief constable was forced to admit to malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office.t Leeds County Court Judge Andrew Keyser yesterday announced the award, which was a combination of damages and compensation for future earnings.
Alam, policeman's son who came to England from Pakistan when he was eight, said he had faced what seemed like 'insurmountable odds' in his battle to clear his name and seek justice.
He separated from his wife in 2002 as a result of the turmoil of the case and a second marriage failed under the same pressures and because of his resulting psychiatric illness. (ANI)
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