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Interpol appoints Emirati general accused of torture as president

Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi of United Arab Emirates elected despite concerns of human rights groups and MEPs

A general from the United Arab Emirates accused of complicity in torture has been elected as president of the international policing agency Interpol in the teeth of fierce objections from human rights groups.

Maj Gen Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi’s victory represents a boost to the growing diplomatic clout of the UAE, where he was appointed inspector general of the interior ministry in 2015, overseeing its prisons and policing.

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