Interpol has elected an emirate general as president accused by human rights groups of torture, a decision that deepens concerns that the police force is becoming an instrument of repressive regimes.
Major General Ahmed Naser al-Raisi, Inspector General of the United Arab Emirates Interior Ministry, won 69 percent of the vote in the final round of an Interpol rally in Istanbul. The conference was attended by 470 police chiefs, ministers and other representatives from more than 160 countries. After the election, he promised to “build a more transparent, diverse and determined organization that works to ensure security for all”.
The only other candidate for the presidency was Sarka Havrankova, an experienced Czech official who has worked in international policing.