(IP)- The Emirati general accused of torture has been elected president of Interpol despite the concerns of human rights organizations.

Iran PressEurope: “Mr Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi of the United Arab Emirates has been elected to the post of president,” Interpol tweeted.

In recent months, complaints of torture were filed against Raisi in France and Turkey, hosting Interpol’s general assembly in Istanbul this week.

The appointment follows generous funding by the UAE for Interpol, based in Lyon, France, and accusations Abu Dhabi has abused its “red notices” system for wanted suspects to persecute political dissidents.

In October 2020, 19 NGOs expressed concern about the possible choice of Raisi, whom they described as being “part of a security apparatus that continues to systematically target peaceful critics.” 


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