UAE general Raisi elected Interpol President


November 27, 2021


UAE general Raisi elected Interpol President

UAE General Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi (Photo: Reuters)

KATHMANDU: A general from the United Arab Emirates has been elected as president of the global police agency Interpol.

Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi, inspector general of the UAE’s interior ministry, will serve a four-year term in the part-time and unpaid role.

Human rights groups had lobbied against his candidacy, accusing him of failing to investigate credible complaints of torture against UAE security forces which Gen Raisi rejects.

The UAE’s foreign ministry said he “strongly believes that the abuse or mistreatment by police is abhorrent and intolerable”.

Gen Raisi was elected Interpol’s president after three rounds of voting by member states at the agency’s general assembly in Istanbul, Turkey.

(With inputs from BBC)