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Emirati general accused of torture elected Interpol president

Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi, who has been accused of torture, will tackle the largely ceremonial position for a four-year time period.

An Emirati general accused of torture has been elected president of Interpol, the worldwide police company stated, regardless of expressions of concern from human rights organisations and members of the European Parliament.

“Mr Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi of the United Arab Emirates has been elected to the post of President (4-yr term),” Interpol stated on Twitter on Thursday.

General al-Raisi, head of the UAE’s safety forces, will tackle a largely ceremonial and voluntary position.

Interpol’s secretary-general handles day-to-day administration of the Lyon-based organisation. Juergen Stock, the present secretary-general, was given a second five-year time period in 2019.

Complaints of “torture” have been filed in opposition to the Emirati general in latest months in France and Turkey, which is internet hosting Interpol’s general meeting in Istanbul this week.

The appointment follows beneficiant funding by the UAE for the police physique and accusations Abu Dhabi has abused Interpol’s system of so-called “red notices” for wished suspects to persecute political dissidents.

Three European Parliament members wrote a letter dated November 11 to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to warn of the affect the general’s appointment would have on Interpol.

“The election of General Al Raisi would undermine the mission and reputation of Interpol and severely affect the ability of the organisation to carry out its mission effectively,” they wrote.

In October 2020, 19 NGOs, together with Human Rights Watch, expressed concern concerning the potential alternative of al-Raisi, whom they described as being “part of a security apparatus that continues to systematically target peaceful critics”.

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