Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi, who has been accused of torture, will take on the largely ceremonial role for a four-year term.

An Emirati general accused of torture has been elected president of Interpol, the global police agency said, despite expressions of concern from human rights organisations and members of the European Parliament.

“Mr Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi of the United Arab Emirates has been elected to the post of President (4-yr term),” Interpol said on Twitter on Thursday.

General al-Raisi, head of the UAE’s security forces, will take on a largely ceremonial and voluntary role.

Interpol’s secretary-general handles day-to-day management of the Lyon-based organisation. Juergen Stock, the current secretary-general, was given a second five-year term in 2019.

Complaints of “torture” were filed against the Emirati general in recent

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