It casts a shadow on the agency’s credibility and highlights the difficulty of preventing its exploitation by authoritarian regimes, writes Ben Keith

Ben Keith features in The Times, published 21 March 2024. Click here to view the article on The Times' Website. 

Ben Keith writes for The Times, published on 21 March 2024. Read the article in full here (via subscription service): 

A photograph last week depicted a meeting between Ahmed Naser al-Raisi, the president of Interpol and a senior police officer in the UAE, with Mohammad Khaled al-Rahmoun, Syria’s interior minister.

Al-Rahmoun has been sanctioned by the EU, UK, US and Canada over the alleged harshness of the Syrian government’s tactics during the country’s civil war, involving claims of torture, disappearances and murder...

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Ben Keith is a leading barrister specialising in cross-border and international cases. He deals with all aspects of Extradition, Human Rights, Mutual Legal Assistance, Interpol, Financial crime and International Law including sanctions. He represents governments, political and military leaders, High Net Worth individuals, human rights defenders and business leaders in the most sensitive cases.

He has extensive experience of appellate proceedings before the Administrative and Divisional Courts, Civil and Criminal Divisions of the Court of Appeal as well as applications and appeals to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and United Nations. Ben is recognised in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500.