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Scotland’s top cop Iain Livingstone is being prosecuted for an Inspector Clouseau-style gaffe

Scotland’s best cop is being prosecuted for an Inspector Clouseau-style gaffe.

French pensioner Guy Joao has been wrongfully arrested during an international manhunt.


Guy Joao was wrongfully arrested
Top cop Livingstone


Top cop LivingstoneCredit: The Scottish Sun
Serial killer Xavier Dupont de Ligonnes


Serial killer Xavier Dupont de LigonnesCredit: AFP

He died last year aged 71, but his lawyers are still suing Scottish Police Chief Iain Livingstone for damages.

Officers arrested Mr Joao at Glasgow Airport in 2019, believing he was aristocratic serial killer Xavier Dupont de Ligonnes.

De Ligonnes disappeared in 2011 after the bodies of his wife and four children were discovered in Nantes, France.

Mr. Joao was a former Renault factory worker.

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He was traveling to his second home in Dunoon with his Scottish wife Mhari at the time of his arrest.

In a Clouseau-style blunder, he was mistaken for the killer when he looked nothing like him.

Before his death, a legal claim for compensation was launched.

He is due to be heard tomorrow in the Scottish National Personal Injury Court.

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It is understood that the legal action against Police Scotland was formally brought in 2020.

In January of the same year, Mr. Joao said he was in talks with lawyers about the case.

He said, “I want to know why this happened.”

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His law firm Digby Brown declined to comment.

Police Scotland said: “As legal proceedings continue, we are unable to comment.”

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