UAE’s Major General Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi has been elected as the new President of Interpol.
“Mr. Al Raisi was elected following 3 rounds of voting. In the final round, he received 68.9% of votes cast by member countries.,” said Interpol.
Al-Raisi was elected during a meeting in Turkey and will serve his post in Lyons, France for 4 years.
Al-Raisi is the first candidate from the Middle Eastern region since Interpol was founded.
Al-Raisi is also the current inspector general of the UAE’s interior ministry who has gained criticism from human-rights groups for his alleged failure to investigate alleged torture.
“A sad day for human rights and the rule of law worldwide. A representative of arguably the most authoritarian government in the Gulf, one that equates peaceful dissent with terrorism,” said Human Rights Watch’s Gulf researcher, Hiba Zayadin.
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