Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi, accused of torture, will assume a mainly ceremonial role during his four-year term.
An UAE general Accused of torture The global police agency said that despite the concerns expressed by human rights organizations and members of the European Parliament, they have been elected president of Interpol.
Interpol tweeted on Thursday: “Mr. Ahmed Nasser Lacey of the United Arab Emirates has been elected to the presidency (a term of 4 years).”
General RaisiThe head of the UAE’s security forces will assume a mainly ceremonial and voluntary role.
The Secretary-General of Interpol is responsible for the daily management of the Lyon Organization. The current Secretary-General Jurgen Stoker received his second five-year term in 2019.
In recent months, France and Turkey have filed “torture” complaints against UAE generals, and Turkey will host the Interpol Conference in Istanbul this week.
The appointment was made after the UAE provided generous funding to police agencies and accused Abu Dhabi of abusing the Interpol’s so-called “red wanted” system against wanted suspects to persecute political dissidents.
Three members of the European Parliament sent a letter to the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Lein on November 11, warning of the impact of the general’s appointment on Interpol.
They wrote: “The election of General Al Raisi will damage the mission and reputation of Interpol, and seriously affect the organization’s ability to perform its tasks effectively.”
In October 2020, 19 NGOs including Human Rights Watch, Express concern Regarding the possible options for al-Raisi, they described it as “part of a security agency that continues to systematically target peace critics.”