An accused general of torture in the United Arab Emirates has been elected president of Interpol, the international police agency.
Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi will be serving a 4-year term as part-time, unpaid inspector general for the UAE’s interior ministry.
His candidacy was opposed by human rights organizations who accused him of not investigating credible allegations of torture against UAE security force personnel.
The allegations are refuted by Gen Raisi.
According to the UAE’s foreign ministry, he believes police abuse and mistreatment is unacceptable and inexcusable.
After three rounds of voting in which member countries participated, Gen Raisi became Interpol’s President.
His duties will include chairing meetings of the executive committee, which supervises the work of Secretary General Jürgen Stock. Stock is an Interpol official and oversees its day to day operations.
Gen Raisi tweets that To be elected president was an “honour”.He promised to build a transparent, more diverse and decisive organization that will work to provide safety for everyone.
Separately, he stated that the UAE was one of the most secure places in the world and that the Gulf Arab states continued to be the largest force for positive change within the region’s most challenging regions.
Hiba Zayadin from Human Rights Watch, a campaign group, rejected the claim. “A sad day for the rule of law and human rights worldwide”. According to her, the general represented “arguably the most autoritarian government of the Gulf that has equated peaceful dissent and terrorism.”
Matthew Hedges from Britain condemned the election and filed a claim at London’s High Court for damages. He accuses Gen Raisi, three senior UAE officials and Gen Raisi of participating in torture and false imprisonment he suffered in 2018 in UAE.
Interpol is being attacked for its core values by the inevitable election of Raisi as president. His complicity in systematic torture and abuse is legitimised through Interpol and gives a green light to other authoritarian states that they can act without impunity https://t.co/bfFHesMTVE
— Matthew Hedges (@Mhedgesh) November 25, 2021
Represented by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, lawyers have filed formal complaints against Gen Raisi of France and Turkey.
According to the group, he was charged with involvement in unlawfully arresting and torturing Ahmed Mansoor in Abu Dhabi. He was later detained and then sentenced for 10 years imprisonment after “defaming” UAE on social media.
Anwar Gargash (UAE Presidential Adviser) said that the allegations were part an “organised, intense smear-and defamation campaign” and that election has now “crushed the rock on truth”.
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