Comic Omid Djalili has had the smile put back on his face thanks to Loophole lawyer Nick Freeman.
Mr Djalili was due to appear before City of London Magistrates Court today to face two charges of failing nominate the rider of a three-wheeler motorbike allegedly caught speeding 14 months earlier.
However, today, the CPS decided to discontinue both charges against Mr Djalili.
It was claimed the vehicle – a Peugeot Piaggio registered to the Mr Djalili – was photographed on two separate occasions last July, on Upper Thames Street, London, travelling at 40mph in a 30mph zone.
However, despite personally attending Bishopsgate police station with Mr Freeman to inform the authorities that he was not the rider at the time of the alleged offence, the CPS bizarrely decided to press ahead and summons the Gladiator star for failing to nominate the rider of the vehicle.
Mr Freeman said: “Serious questions need to be asked why the CPS has taken so long to do the honourable thing and discontinue these allegations against my client.
“Even though Mr Djalili is the registered keeper of his vehicle he has steadfastly maintained since the inception of these proceedings that he was not the rider and he nominated his Slovakian odd job man.
“This matter has been hanging in legal limbo for the past 14 months, and in my view the CPS should be far more expeditious when deciding to discontinue.
“Leaving it until the eleventh hour causes unnecessary stress to the client and is an acute waste of tax payer’s money at a time when this is in short supply.
For Further Information, please contact:
Nick Freeman, 0161 236 7007
David Simister, Different PR, on 0845 389 26 26 / 07870 550 760