France Probes Interpol Head, Ex-UAE Official for Alleged Torture, Barbarism

French anti-terror prosecutors have opened a preliminary inquiry to investigate allegations of torture and acts of barbarism committed by Interpol head Ahmed Nasser Al-Raisi when he was a high-ranking official at the UAE’s Interior Ministry.

Citing juridical sources, AFP news agency reported that Al-Raisi, who in November became head of Interpol, is accused of being responsible for the inhumane treatment and extensively torturing of Ahmed Mansoor, an opponent of the UAE government.

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) said that Al-Raisi was one of the people responsible for the torture of Mansoor, and the allegations of torture had already been leveled against Al-Raisi when he ran for president of Interpol.

Despite allegations, Al-Raisi was voted in for the job following a generous donation of $54 million by the UAE to the International Police Agency, according to GCHR. The donation is almost equivalent to the required contributions of all the organization’s 195 member countries which amounted to $68m in 2020.

Mansoor is serving a 10-year sentence in the UAE for charges of insulting the status and prestige of the UAE and its leaders in social media posts.

Another French lawyer Rodney Dixon said that according to French law, an open investigation could lead to Al-Raisi’s detention for questioning while he is on French territory, either now or whenever he returns.

The UAE has denied all allegations against Al-Raisi.

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