After three rounds of voting, member states of Interpol elected the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) candidate Ahmed al-Raisi as the new president of the international police consortium in November 2021. The appointment has sparked fresh controversy around some of its alleged activities and practices.

Al-Raisi, who served as the head of Dubai’s police chief and inspector general at the UAE Interior Ministry, defeated veteran Czech Republic police officer Šárka Havránková when he received 68.9 per cent of the votes cast. Al-Raisi’s rival described the vote as a test of “the credibility and integrity of the organisation”, prior to the elections taking place.

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