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World Emirati general accused of torture elected president of Interpol

11:26  25 november  2021
11:26  25 november  2021 Source:   aljazeera.com

Interpol success throws spotlight on high-flying Emirati general

  Interpol success throws spotlight on high-flying Emirati general Interpol's new president has lived a life rich in awards and achievements, but none has attracted such controversy as his latest success which was accompanied by allegations of torture. Emirati General Ahmed Nasser Al-Raisi always looked favourite to win Thursday's vote over veteran Czech police officer Sarka Havrankova, and he duly delivered 68.9 percent of the votes cast by member countries. It is far from the only success for a man who became head of the United Arab Emirates' security forces in 2015 and has held several high-level police positions, including general director of central operations in the Abu Dhabi force.

An Emirati general accused of torture has been elected president of Interpol, the global police agency said, despite expressions of concern from human rights organisations and members of the European Parliament.

a man wearing a hat: Accusations of torture were filed against the Emirati general in recent months in France and Turkey, which is hosting Interpol's general assembly in Istanbul [File: Courtesy: Creative Commons] © Al-Raisi is the current inspector general at the UAE Interior Ministry [Courtesy: Creative Commons] Accusations of torture were filed against the Emirati general in recent months in France and Turkey, which is hosting Interpol's general assembly in Istanbul [File: Courtesy: Creative Commons]

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

Human Rights: Despite torture allegations selected to the Interpol peak

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General al-Raisi, head of the UAE’s security forces, will take on a largely ceremonial and voluntary role.

Interpol’s secretary-general handles day-to-day management of the Lyon-based organisation. Juergen Stock, the current secretary-general, was given a second five-year term in 2019.

Complaints of “torture” were filed against the Emirati general in recent months in France and Turkey, which is hosting Interpol’s general assembly in Istanbul this week.

The appointment follows generous funding by the UAE for the police body and accusations Abu Dhabi has abused Interpol’s system of so-called “red notices” for wanted 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 impact 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, including Human Rights Watch, expressed concern about the possible choice of al-Raisi, whom they described as being “part of a security apparatus that continues to systematically target peaceful critics”.

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