21st November 2022
In an article for the Red Notice Monitor blog, Rhys Davies analyses the impact of Major General al Raisi’s first year as president of Interpol.
Rhys writes “Al Raisi was elected President of Interpol at the 89th General Assembly of Interpol in Istanbul last November. Al Raisi will, in theory, serve as President of Interpol until 2025. Al Raisi’s election follows the conviction of the last elected President of Interpol, Meng Hongwei. Hongwei, China’s first head of Interpol, was convicted and sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment for corruption offences in 2018.
Al Raisi’s accession to the role of Interpol President was, to put it mildly, controversial. Al Raisi enjoyed a long career in the UAE’s police force, starting as officer in Abu Dhabi’s Burglar Alarm branch before rising to become Inspector General of the Ministry of Interior in the UAE. But Al Raisi’s tenure as a senior policeman has been marred by allegations of links to torture. Before his election to the presidency of Interpol, Al Raisi was accused of personal involvement in the arrest and torture of two British men, academic Matthew Hedges, and Ali Issa Ahmed who was arrested whilst on holiday in Dubai for wearing a Qatar football shirt. “
A full copy of the article can be found at the link below.