Opposition to the candidacy of a United Arab Emirates general for the presidency of Interpol

A wind of revolt is rising in France against the prospect of the candidacy of a general of the United Arab Emirates for the presidency of Interpol. Several associations, lawyers and personalities are moved by the possibility of seeing Ahmed Nasser Al-Raisi accede to the head of the international police organization, on the occasion of the next general assembly of Interpol, scheduled for November 23 to 25 , in Turkey.

“This former interior minister supervised and orchestrated the repression and the practice of torture of the Emirati regime, and he could preside over the institution which is precisely in charge of a more secure world in the strict respect of human rights? It’s unbearable, inconceivable ”, says Hubert Julien-Laferrière. The deputy (unregistered) from the Rhône organized a conference, Friday 1is October in Lyon, to contest this candidacy and announce legal actions likely to trigger a red notice, an Interpol warrant requesting the arrest of a person wanted by justice. The meeting was held close to the Interpol World Secretariat, based in Lyon, in the presence of two British nationals, who testified about their arbitrary arrest in the United Arab Emirates, followed by ill-treatment.

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Their lawyer, Rodney Dixon, announced that he filed a complaint against the Emirati general, Thursday, September 30 in Paris, with the pole of the prosecution specializing in the fight against crimes against humanity, asking that the dignitary be arrested at the slightest passage in France. “We live in a hypocritical world, we are in the process of putting at the head of a major international organization a man accused of torture”, denounced the English lawyer. Beside him, Matthew Hedges, recounted how he was placed in total solitary confinement in Abu Dhabi in 2018, falsely accused of espionage while conducting a university thesis. “I did not understand how the police forces were able to do such things”, testified the researcher, evoking the deprivation of sleep and the threats which he had undergone, locked in a small room, from where he heard cries of pain “Other tortured people”.

“Human rights violations”

Ali Issa Ahmad says he suffered a similar fate. Having attended the Asian Cup in 2019, this football supporter explains that he was followed and arrested in Dubai, because of the Qatar jersey he was wearing. Locked up, his chest torn, the young Briton was filmed. “I was forced to say that I had inflicted these cuts on myself”, exposed Ali Issa Ahmad, overwhelmed with emotion, reporting his experience in front of the Lyon audience.

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