BRITAIN Interpol Chooses Ahmed Despite Criticism
Interpol chose Emirati Inspector General Ahmed Nasser Al-Raisi as its president on Thursday, despite rights organizations accusing him of failing to act on reports of prisoner abuse in the UAE.
Although the President is a part-time position, it is a high-profile position that chairs Interpol’s assembly and executive committee sessions.
Human Rights Watch and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights argued in May that electing Raisi would cast doubt on Interpol’s commitment to human rights.
Raisi “strongly feels that police brutality or maltreatment of civilians is repugnant and unacceptable,” a representative for the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation stated.
Interpol’s Secretary-General Jurgen Stock responded to queries concerning Raisi’s candidacy and the election process.
“We also don’t have the authority to investigate national matters. That is national sovereignty we must respect “This week, Stock.
Human Rights Watch claims hundreds of activists, professors, and attorneys are imprisoned in the UAE, frequently after unjust convictions on vague allegations. The UAE has denied the allegations.
Two individuals alleged this week they had filed a criminal complaint against Raisi when he was in Istanbul for the Interpol general assembly election.
Matthew Hedges, 34, a University of Exeter scholar, claims he was kept in solitary confinement for seven months in the UAE in 2018 amid charges of espionage while doing doctoral research.
He said he was threatened with assault, deportation to a foreign military post, and family damage. A property owned by Naser al-Raisi was targeted by the Emirati security forces, Hedges told Reuters in Istanbul.
“The potential of al-Raisi becoming Interpol’s president establishes a very dangerous precedent, legitimizing and normalizing chronic violations,” he warned.
The UAE claims Hedges was not mistreated physically or mentally while detained.
At the time of the detention, Ali Issa Ahmad, 29, wore a T-shirt with a Qatari flag on it.
During his imprisonment, he was electrocuted, assaulted, and denied food, drink, and sleep.
A legal lawsuit against “Raisi is without merit and will be denied”, according to the UAE ministry official.
The Turkish government has not responded to the two men’s accusations.
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