New Interpol chief accused of torture – RT World News

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Emirates general Ahmed Nasser Al-Raisi has been elected president of Interpol despite allegations of “torture” against him and concerns from human rights groups that he has been involved in targeting “peaceful critics”.

The appointment was announced by Interpol on its Twitter account on Thursday morning, where Al-Raisi will take on the largely ceremonial role for a four-year term.

His election to the post came amid criticism, including from human rights groups and MEPs, for his alleged past actions and the impact his appointment could have on Interpol.

In recent months, complaints have been lodged in France and Turkey accusing Al-Raisi of “acts of inhumanity and torture.” Two British men filed a lawsuit, accusing him of involvement in their arrests and alleged physical abuse.

Given that Interpol’s headquarters are located in Lyon, France, it has been suggested by their lawyer that the trial could prevent him from carrying out his duties as Interpol’s president because he may be “arrested and investigated for torture” if he “sets foot on French territory.”

In October 2020, several NGOs criticized all of Al-Raisi’s considerations for the role, claiming that he had been “part of a security apparatus that continues to systematically target peaceful critics.”

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Three MEPs wrote to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen earlier in November to object to Al Raisi’s potential appointment, which reiterated fears from human rights groups.

“The election of General Al Raisi would undermine Interpol’s mission and reputation and seriously affect the organization’s ability to carry out its mission effectively.” wrote the trio.

The United Arab Emirates has previously denied the allegations against Al-Raisi, and the London Embassy has issued a statement defending him as a “prominent professionals with 40-year credentials in community and national policing.”

The United Arab Emirates rejected all proposals that Al-Raisi would seek to change Interpol’s mandate, adding that “he will remain committed to protecting people, making societies safer and providing global law enforcement with the latest tools in the fight against sophisticated criminal networks.”

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