ISTANBUL (AP) – Interpol on Thursday elected a controversial UAE official as its new president during the international police body’s annual General Assembly in Istanbul.
Major General Ahmed Naser al-Raisi, Inspector General in the Emirates Ministry of the Interior, was selected for a four-year term. Human rights groups have accused him of participating in torture and arbitrary detention in his country.
The vote was closely followed as the entity’s first Chinese president, Meng Hongwei, disappeared mid-term during a business trip to China in 2018. It was later revealed that he had been arrested, charged with bribery and other alleged crimes. .
On the other hand, the Brazilian Valdecy Urquiza will be the new vice president of the generational police organization for America, while the Nigerian Garba Baba Umar was elected vice president for Africa.
Al-Raisi is accused of torture and has criminal complaints against him in five countries, including France, where Interpol is based, and Turkey, where the election was held.
The Emirati general carried out a skillful campaign: traveling the world to meet with legislators and government officials and boasted of the academic degrees he earned in Britain and the United States, in addition to his years of police experience.
In an opinion piece published in the government daily Abu Dhabi, al-Raisi said he wants to “modernize and transform” Interpol based on the “UAE’s role as a leader in technology-driven policing and as a bridge builder in the international community. “.