General Ahmed Naser al Raisi, of the United Arab Emirates, accused of promoting practices of torture, was elected president of Interpol during the meeting of the international police cooperation organization held in Istanbul.
“Ahmed Naser al Raisi, of the United Arab Emirates, has been elected as president (for a four-year term),” Interpol announced.
Several international organizations, including Human Rights Watch, had warned about the candidacy of Al Raisi, which they accuse of being one of the highest police officers in the United Arab Emirates, a country that uses repressive methods against political dissidents.
David Calvert-Smith, a former British prosecutor, published a report in April that Al Raisi “coordinated increased repression against dissidents” through torture and abuses by the UAE’s own judicial system.
On the other hand, lawyers for two British citizens filed a formal complaint against Al Raisi “for torture”. One of them, Matthew Hedges, who was sentenced to life in prison in the United Arab Emirates on charges of espionage, was pardoned and released three years ago.
The Human Rights Center for the Gulf has filed a complaint against Al Raisi in France, the country where Interpol is based in Lyon, alleging that political activist Ahmed Mansur was the target of torture in the UAE.
Similarly, a Turkish law firm filed a complaint with the Turkish Prosecutor’s Office against the general for tortured Ahmed Mansur.
General Ahmed Naser al Raisi was running for the position against Czech candidate Sárka Havránková, who had come forward with promises to “adjust Interpol’s work to the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.
Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.
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