The French Justice has opened an investigation against the current president of Interpol, Ahmed Naser al Raisi. The one who was an Emirati general has been accused of “complicity in torture”, after the complaint of two British.
The National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed that the investigation was opened last March and that a Parisian judge is in charge of investigating the accusations of “torture” and “arbitrary detention” between 2018 and 2019.
The senior Emirati police officer is already the subject of a preliminary investigation by the National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor’s Office for similar accusations.
Organizations such as Human Rights Watch had questioned the actions of Al Raisi, who, as one of the highest officials of his country’s security forces, repressed dissidence.
Complaints against Al Raisi
Ahmed al-Raisi was Inspector General of the Ministry of the Interior of the United Arab Emirates. He is accused of repression against political opponents and human rights activists. His candidacy as president of Interpol set off all the alarms as he was directly implicated in “human rights violations in a series of high-profile cases”, as several German deputies put it.
These same deputies assured that “as a representative of the UAE State, Al-Raisi is part of a security apparatus that acts against peaceful dissidents.”