"he deliberately abused his unique position as a trusted officer"
Birmingham Crown Court was told that West Midlands police sergeant Iftikhar Ali accessed highly confidential information for the benefit of his friends.
It was alleged that he acted corruptly and was a “mole” within the police system and in one case even helped to defeat justice.
The prosecutor James Curtis QC said Ali targeted data that was contained within crime reports, investigation logs and even sensitive reports involving threats to life.
The court heard he did it at a number of police stations and also on a mobile police telephone device.
Mr Curtis explained: “Iftikhar Ali was a uniformed sergeant in the West Midlands Police who was, we say, a bad policeman and he is currently suspended.
“We say he deliberately abused his unique position as a trusted officer to help his friends and acquaintances with regards to various brushes with the police that they had.
“He did this by accessing sensitive and highly confidential information, data, in the police computers about incidents that his friends and acquaintances had been involved in when we say this obviously was nothing to do with his duties.
“He knew he was forbidden to do it.”
Mr Curtis stated that Ali would sometimes access the confidential information while he was off duty and that others would “tap him” for it. This would include when he was at the gym.
The court was told that the first incident he was involved in was a traffic accident involving Waheed Mohammed. Ali had helped another person “take the rap” for the offence.
That person, Naser Ali, had claimed he was the driver and had deceived the court.
Mr Curtis said Naser had admitted his part in the deception and had “done it for money”.
He said Mohammed and Azhar Mahmood were the “main beneficiaries” of Ali’s conduct and that there were “lots and lots” of instances over the course of about a year.
One of those involved Ali accessing a crime report concerning one of Mahmood’s relations.
Ali was also asked to carry out research for Mohammed. They had close personal ties with each other.
It was alleged that the research concerned feuding families which led to a fight with weapons in Digbeth.
Other examples included finding more about an investigation into a minor accident relating to a car colliding with a wall and the theft of a lorry.
Iftikhar Ali, aged 39, of Shirley, Solihull, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, five charges of misconduct in a public office and five of disclosing personal data.
Waheed Mohammed, aged 29, of Balsall Heath, Birmingham, denied conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and two charges of counselling and procuring misconduct in a public office.
Azhar Mahmood, aged 32, of Perry Barr, pleaded not guilty to two charges of counselling and procuring misconduct in a public office.
Birmingham Mail reported that the hearing is ongoing.