Standing on the red carpet at the Cannes film festival, the immaculately dressed man with greased-back, jet-black hair and £835 Cartier sunglasses gives a satisfied smile as he poses for pictures with his designer-clad wife.
The couple do not look out of place among the great and good of the movie world.
He sports a Cartier belt worth up to £2,230 and a maroon bow-tie matching his dapper dinner jacket. She wears a Cartier bracelet conservatively estimated to be worth £38,000 and a ring by the same brand worth £20,300, as well as a Breguet watch priced between £18,000 and £30,000 – not to mention her Hermes clutch handbag, worth in excess of £ 31,000.
Disgraced former Scotland Yard commander Ali Dizaei, 60, who was twice jailed for framing an innocent man, showed up at the Cannes Film Festival
A little over a decade ago, Dizaei was a guest of Her Majesty at Wandsworth prison in south London for his actions with the Met
But the mystery man lapping up the attention of the world’s media as VIPs arrived for a film premiere is not an actor, movie director or Hollywood mogul.
He is disgraced former Scotland Yard commander Ali Dizaei, 60, who was twice jailed for framing an innocent man.
A little over a decade ago, Dizaei was a guest of Her Majesty at Wandsworth prison in south London – which is where fallen tennis star Boris Becker started his recent two-and-a-half-year jail sentence for hiding his assets after bankruptcy.
In an extraordinary reversal of fortunes, Dizaei who is rubbing shoulders with celebrities, film stars and VIPs, continues his remarkable rags-to-riches metamorphosis from shamed ex-Yard chief to globe-trotting tycoon.
A former senior Metropolitan Police colleague who saw the pictures of him at Cannes joked: ‘Whatever next? Maybe he will play a baddie in the next James Bond movie. He could be the new Blofeld! ‘
Iranian-born Dizaei, or in particular his third wife Shai, is not coy about telling the world about their newfound wealth, with regular updates on her Instagram feed about their flamboyant adventures.
He sported a Cartier belt worth up to £2,230 and a maroon bow-tie matching his dapper dinner jacket
The 47-year-old’s most recent Instagram post to her 547,000 followers, on Wednesday, showed her on the marbled stairs of the five-star Hotel Martinez in Cannes, where she filmed herself in a Dolce & Gabbana floral dress (costing £4,700) with a Christian Dior hat.
A day earlier, Mrs Dizaei posted a picture of herself complete with heavy, immaculate make-up and perfectly coiffured hair in a black, full-length ball gown with two glamorous companions.
There are endless shots on Instagram of her posing at gala dinners, in limos, in smart restaurants and skiing in the Alps. Hotels follow a pattern – the Ritz in Paris, Cliveden outside London and the Burj Al Arab in Dubai. On holiday, there is always a villa, whether in Mykonos or Santorini.
Last year a corporate video emerged which portrayed Dizaei as a respected former Metropolitan Police chief who is now an international thief taker.
In an extraordinary airbrushing of history, the two-minute clip made no mention of the fact that Dizaei, the ‘founder and chairman’ of UK-based Covert Security Ltd, is one of Scotland Yard’s most notorious figures – a man branded a ‘criminal in uniform’. Or that he later became the most senior Met Police officer in decades to be jailed for corruption after being found guilty of misconduct in public office and perverting the course of justice.
Mrs Dizaei is the sole director of Covert Security Ltd, which produced the promotional video.
Dizaei’s newlyfound wealth is in sharp contrast to his humble lot a decade ago when he resided at one of Her Majesty’s prisons and had a modest semi-detached home in west London purchased for £307,500.
Dizaei who is rubbing shoulders with celebrities, film stars and VIPs, continues his remarkable rags-to-riches metamorphosis
For more than a decade, Dizaei was a hugely controversial figure at Scotland Yard, where he faced several misconduct allegations.
He was first found guilty in February 2010 and jailed for four years when the then head of the police watchdog, Nick Hardwick, branded him a ‘criminal in uniform’.
But he was released in May 2011 after the Court of Appeal quashed the convictions because his victim, Waad al-Baghdadi, had misled the authorities about his immigration status.
Dizaei was then reinstated by the police, suspended on full pay and awarded up to £180,000 in back pay and allowances.
But guilty verdicts in the 2012 retrial finally blocked any route back for Scotland Yard’s so-called ‘Teflon Commander’ and he was sent back to prison.
He lost an appeal against his convictions in 2013 before embarking on his incredible rebirth as a multi-millionaire tycoon.