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Interpol's next president to be Emirati general accused of torture

AFP

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Maj. Gen. Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi, Interpol next president speaks on the phone on the first during the 89th Interpol General Assembly in Istanbul on November 23, 2021.
Ozan Kose/AFPMaj. Gen. Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi, Interpol next president speaks on the phone on the first during the 89th Interpol General Assembly in Istanbul on November 23, 2021.

Maj. Gen. Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi's position will be largely ceremonial

Interpol elected an Emirati general accused of torture as its new president on Thursday, despite the concerns of human rights organizations.

The appointment follows generous funding by the United Arab Emirates for the Lyon, France-based body and accusations that Abu Dhabi abuses Interpol's system of "red notices" for wanted suspects to persecute political dissidents.

Emirati Maj. Gen. Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi was elected following three rounds of voting during which he received 68.9 percent of votes cast by member countries, Interpol said in a statement.

After his election, Raisi did not address accusations against him, but said the "UAE has become one of the safest countries in the world."

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.

Raisi, head of the UAE's security forces, will take on a largely ceremonial and part-time voluntary role for a four-year term.

Gulf researcher for Human Rights Watch, Hiba Zayadin, condemned his election describing it on Twitter as a "sad day for human rights and the rule of law worldwide."

Another appointment to Interpol's executive committee on Thursday - Chinese senior public security official, Hu Binchen - similarly sparked anger due to Beijing’s policies towards its Uyghurs minority. Policies which some, including the US government, allege amount to genocide

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