Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi, who has been accused of torture, will tackle the largely ceremonial function for a four-year time period.
An Emirati common accused of torture has been elected president of Interpol, the worldwide police company stated, regardless of expressions of concern from human rights organisations and members of the European Parliament.
“Mr Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi of the United Arab Emirates has been elected to the submit of President (4-yr time period),” Interpol stated on Twitter on Thursday.
General al-Raisi, head of the UAE’s safety forces, will tackle a largely ceremonial and voluntary function.
Interpol’s secretary-general handles day-to-day administration of the Lyon-based organisation. Juergen Inventory, the present secretary-general, was given a second five-year time period in 2019.
Complaints of “torture” had been filed in opposition to the Emirati common in latest months in France and Turkey, which is internet hosting Interpol’s common meeting in Istanbul this week.
The appointment follows beneficiant funding by the UAE for the police physique and accusations Abu Dhabi has abused Interpol’s system of so-called “purple notices” for needed suspects to persecute political dissidents.
Three European Parliament members wrote a letter dated November 11 to European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen to warn of the influence the final’s appointment would have on Interpol.
“The election of Common Al Raisi would undermine the mission and status of Interpol and severely have an effect on the flexibility of the organisation to hold out its mission successfully,” they wrote.
In October 2020, 19 NGOs, together with Human Rights Watch, expressed concern concerning the attainable alternative of al-Raisi, whom they described as being “a part of a safety equipment that continues to systematically goal peaceable critics”.