Sultan Alam can rightly be considered a trailblazer. He joined Cleveland Police in 1984, at a time when there were very few serving Asian police officers and was proud of that distinction. However, that all changed in 1991 when he began to encounter racism and discrimination from fellow officers – at one point having a KKK poster left on his desk. By 1993 it was so intolerable that he was forced to make an official complaint.
The response from those officers was to frame him for a crime he did not commit.
He served nine months of an eighteen month sentence, and on his release set about gathering evidence to have the conviction quashed. His own investigation took a year, but at that time he was able to present sufficient evidence to show that he had been framed.
It took the police three and a half years to carry out their own investigation. Detective Inspector Stephen Bakewell, Detective Inspector John Russell Dalglish, Detective Constable Stuart Hopson and Detective Constable Martin Eggerton were charged with a number of offences. All were charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice; Bakewell and Hopson with perjury, and Eggerton with incitement to steal.
The Police Federation of England and Wales refused to help Alam but did support the officers who had framed Alam. With help from the CPS Alam was able to have the conviction quashed. Lord Justice Moore-Bick sitting quashed the appeal, stating, “police officers have deliberately misled the court to suppress evidence” and in some cases actually destroying evidence.
None of the officers were ever punished and all were eventually cleared of conspiracy to prevent the course of justice following an investigation by a neighbouring force as the police closed ranks to protect their own. Ultimately Alam was awarded damages of £838,363 plus costs of £3,065.
You can read the full story on Alam’s own website: http://www.sultanalam.com/
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Sultan Alam, 49, lost his marriage, health, reputation and career as a result of the actions of several officers from the force. He was wrongfully imprisoned for 18 months in 1996 for conspiracy to steal motor parts. Alam, from Middlesbrough, served nine months in jail and the conviction was overturned by the court of appeal in 2007.
Police hid truth to put officer in jail
An employment tribunal found last year that he had suffered racial discrimination at the hands of the Police Federation. He had been declined legal support by the Police Federation three times, following his conviction for handling stolen goods, but the four officers who he said had set him up were given the federation’s full support during their trial for perverting the course of justice.