Strong controversy over the election of the new Interpol president, Emirati General Ahmed Al Raisi.
Allegations of torture weigh on him in five countries and he is accused of repressing political opponents and human rights activists. In his Twitter account he assured that as president of @INTERPOLHQ, will build a more transparent, diverse, and decisive organization that ensures everyone’s safety. “
An honorary position, but very symbolic
This presidency is an honorary and unpaid position. The real person in charge is the secretary general, Jürgen Stock, re-elected in 2019 for a second five-year term.
“At the moment they are accusations, and of course we are aware. But there is also the presumption of innocence, we have made the decision to elect Mr. Al-Raisi as president of Interpol. I continue to work with the executive committee and we have introduced important reforms here in Istanbul in the organization, specifically in the executive committee, reinforcing the accountability, integrity, transparency and neutrality of the organization, “said Jürgen Stock, INTERPOL Secretary General at the General Assembly in Istanbul, Turkey.
A choice that could affect INTERPOL’s mission
The French deputy for the Rhone region, where Interpol is based, has been leading the fight against Ahmed al-Raisi’s candidacy for months. Euronews journalist Sandrine Delorme interviews French MP Hubert Julien-Laferrière.
“It is not possible that the organization that persecutes criminals is chaired by a man accused of crimes. And yes, unfortunately the member states of the organization have shown that it is possible and have chosen this candidate who will be an embarrassment to INTERPOL.”
Human rights organizations and at least three MEPs have been lobbying the European Commission for months, convinced that the election of General Al Raisi could affect INTERPOL’s mission and reputation.