Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi, who has been charged with torture, will serve a largely ceremonial role for a four-year term.
an Emirati general allegation of harassment The chairman of Interpol has been elected, the global police agency said, despite concerns from human rights organizations and members of the European Parliament.
“Mr. Ahmed Nasser Al-Raisi of the United Arab Emirates has been elected to the office of President (term of four years),” Interpol said on Twitter on Thursday.
General Al-RaisiThe chiefs of the United Arab Emirates’ security forces will play a largely ceremonial and voluntary role.
The Secretary General of Interpol handles the day-to-day management of the organization based in Lyon. The current Secretary General, Juergen Stock, was given a second five-year term in 2019.
In recent months, complaints of “torture” have been filed in France and Turkey against the Emirati general, who is hosting an Interpol general assembly in Istanbul this week.
The appointment follows generous funding by the United Arab Emirates to the police body and allegations Abu Dhabi abused Interpol’s system of so-called “red notices” for suspects wanted to persecute political dissidents.
Three European Parliament members wrote a letter on 11 November to the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, warning about the impact of the general’s appointment on Interpol.
“The election of General Al Raisi will undermine the mission and reputation of Interpol and seriously affect the organization’s ability to effectively fulfill its mission,” he wrote.
19 NGOs, including Human Rights Watch in October 2020 expressed concern About the possible choice of al-Raisi, which he described as “part of a security apparatus that continues to systematically target peaceful critics”.