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LYON, France (AP) — In China, she enjoyed the privileges that flowed from being married to a senior member of the governing elite. Her husband was a top police official in the security apparatus that keeps the Communist Party in power, so trusted that China sent him to France to take up a prestigious role at Interpol. But Meng Hongwei, the former Interpol president, has now vanished into China's sprawling penal system, purged in a stunning fall from grace.
- Interpol elected Gen. Ahmed Naser al-Raisi as its new president.
- He oversees UAE security forces, and two British men said he oversaw their torture when they were detained.
- 19 rights groups said he shouldn't be president over the UAE's "poor human rights record."
The international police agency Interpol has elected Gen. Ahmed Naser al-Raisi — an Emirati general accused of overseeing torture — as its new president.
Interpol announced al-Raisi's win on its Twitter account on Thursday, adding that he will have a four-year term, as is standard.
Wife of jailed ex-Interpol chief says friend risks same fate
LYON, France (AP) — The wife of the former Interpol president who disappeared in Beijing in 2018 and was imprisoned says she fears that a similar fate could await China's latest candidate for a role with the international police body. China confirmed this week that it intends to seek a seat on Interpol's 13-member governing body, but didn't say who its candidate will be. Overseas lawmakers and rights activists fearful that China wants to use Interpol’s reach and influence to pursue critics in exile said the candidate is a senior Chinese police official, Hu Binchen.
Al-Raisi is the head of the United Arab Emirates security forces.
Two British men who were detained in the UAE said he was ultimately responsible for torture they endured when they were held,. One was detained in 2018 and the other in 2019.
The UAE has denied torturing the two men.
Nine human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch and the European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights, wrote to Interpol in 2020 "expressing concern" about a possible al-Raisi presidency, citing the UAE's poor human rights record."
"Lawyers, journalists, political activists and human rights defenders in the UAE have been subjected to harsh reprisals, intimidation tactics, enforced disappearances, torture, and arbitrary detention as a result of peacefully expressing their opinions, including on trumped-up 'terrorism' charges," they wrote.
An emirati accused of torture soon at the head of Interpol?
© Jean-Philippe Ksiazek / AFP "J ' have personally suffered torture and abuse under his authority. Ali Issa Ahmad, a British arrested during his holidays in the United Arab Emirates for carrying a Qatar football jersey, accuses a senior Emirati responsible for being involved in the abuse he says he suffered in detention.
Three European parliament members also warned earlier this month about having al-Raisi as president,.
The role of president is largely ceremonial, with the secretary general leading most of its activities.
Former Interpol President, a Chinese national, disappeared in 2018 during a trip to China. At the time, his wife called the case "political persecution," while Interpol that organization rules forbade an investigation into the disappearance.
China later said Meng had been, accused him of bribery, and sentenced him to 13-and-a-half years in prison.
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Twenty NGOs of Syrian civil society protest against the lifting of restrictions applied to the bachar al-Assad regime for nine years by the International Police Organization . © supplied by the world in Istanbul, November 23, 2021. The rise of China and the United Arab Emirates within Interpol coincides with reintegration in the workings of the organization of a country whose organization Assessment on human rights is even more overwhelming: Syria.