Interpol: authoritarian regimes’ new global secret police

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Al-Araby

It was with a sense of profound dismay that the British academic Matthew Hedges travelled to France last month. Almost three years after being freed from a life of hell in a United Arab Emirates jail here he was in Lyon, the headquarters of the international policing body, Interpol. The reason? To speak out against the expected election of his torturer-in-chief, Major General Ahmed Naser Al-Raisi, as its new president. “I actually cannot believe that almost three years after I was finally released, I have to travel to the headquarters of Interpol to ask them not to make one of the men responsi…

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