Interpol president probed for torture – media — Analysis

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French Anti-Terror prosecutors opened a preliminary investigation into Ahmed Naser Al-Raisi (Interpol President and Inspector General for the United Arab Emirate’s (UAE), Interior Ministry) over claims of torture.

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights in Lebanon (GCHR), a NGO based in Lebanon, brought a lawsuit against Al-Raisi for his conduct while he served at the UAE interior ministry. Al-Raisi is accused by the organization of mistreating Emirati opposition member Ahmed Mansoor Al Shehhi.

“The UAE’s powerful state security agency has violated Mansoor’s rights for more than 10 years with arbitrary arrest and detention, death threats, physical assault, government surveillance, and inhumane treatment in custody,”Reports the Human Rights Organization. “Since detaining him in March 2017, UAE authorities have held Mansoor largely incommunicado, isolated him from other prisoners, and denied him a bed and mattress.”

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GCHR feels that Abu Dhabi violated the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatments or Punishments by keeping Mansoor isolated for almost four years.

Although there was a lot of backlash from activists, politicians and others, in November 2021 the representative from UAE was elected Interpol President. A letter signed by eight human right organizations against Ahmed Naser Al-Raisi was not effective. Last year, the UAE foreign ministry refuted allegations regarding Mansoor’s welfare as “untrue.”

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