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French court investigates Interpol chief over torture claims

This file photo taken on November 23, 2021 shows Major General Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi speaking on the phone on the first day of the 89th Interpol General Assembly in Istanbul. (Ozan Kose/AFP)
This file photo taken on November 23, 2021 shows Major General Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi speaking on the phone on the first day of the 89th Interpol General Assembly in Istanbul. (Ozan Kose/AFP)

French judges at the Paris Tribunal open an investigation into torture allegations against Interpol President Maj. Gen. Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi of the United Arab Emirates.

Two British citizens, Matthew Hedges and Ali Issa Ahmad, who had both been detained in the UAE before al-Raisi was elected president of the France-based world police agency, will today give evidence against him at the Specialized Judicial Unit for Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes of the Paris Tribunal, their lawyers say.

The two Britons filed a criminal complaint against al-Raisi with the prosecutors of the Paris Tribunal in October under the principle of universal jurisdiction.

Al-Raisi was elected for a four-year term as Interpol president in November. He has been accused by human rights groups of involvement in torture and arbitrary detentions in the UAE.

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