Erdogan’s Interpol head accused of overseeing torture, human rights abuses in UAE

The new president of Interpol is an Emirati general accused of overseeing torture and other human rights abuses while leading the National Security Agency in Dubai.

Abdulrahman Saleh al-Busaidi is accused of participating in torture and killings of political opponents in the wake of the Arab Spring, according to US-based journalist Greg Palast. Al-Busaidi reportedly used the spy agency’s covert network of communications to arrange for victims’ killings, Palast wrote in his 2013 book “Pinochet’s Army.”

According to one report cited by the website Modern Diplomacy, Al-Busaidi also “put close colleagues in charge of operations and killed people he wanted killed himself.”

Al-Busaidi claims he was forced out of his job by anti-government elements in the UAE’s ruling families in 2016, following his appearance on the UN Security Council blacklist, which prohibits authorities from transferring him abroad and allows his family members to claim his assets and claims against them.

The new president, in his 60s, was appointed to head Interpol on Thursday. He will replace the current president, Meng Hongwei, who was charged in June with corruption, according to French newspaper Le Figaro. The new president’s appointment was first reported by Reuters.

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