Interpol elects UAE official as president

Interpol has elected a controversial UAE official as its new president during the international law enforcement body’s annual general meeting held in Istanbul.



ISTANBUL – Interpol elected a controversial UAE official as its new president during the international law enforcement body’s annual general assembly held in Istanbul on Thursday.



Major General Ahmed Nasser Al-Raisi, Inspector General in the UAE Ministry of the Interior, was elected for a four-year term. Human rights groups have accused him of engaging in torture and arbitrary detention in the UAE.

The vote for the president was closely watched as the body’s first Chinese president, Meng Hongwei, disappeared in the middle of his four-year term on a return visit to China in 2018. It later emerged that he was taken into custody, which he was charged with. Bribery and other alleged offences.



The international law enforcement body also said that Brazil’s Valdesi Urquiza was chosen for the post of vice president for the Americas, while Nigeria’s Garba Baba Omar was elected vice president for Africa.

Al-Raisi has run a cunning campaign for the presidency, travels the world meeting lawmakers and government officials and boasts academic degrees from the UK and US, and years of experience policing.

In an opinion piece for the government-run newspaper in Abu Dhabi, Al-Raisi said he wants to “modernize and transform” Interpol, “the UAE’s role as a leader in technology-driven policing and in the international community”. as a bridge builder”. ,

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