Russia loses as South Korean named new Interpol president

Kim Jong-yang had been acting president since Meng Hongwei’s disappearance. /BBC

Interpol has elected South Korean Kim Jong-yang as its president, rejecting the Russian frontrunner who had been accused of abusing the international police body’s arrest warrant system.

Kim was chosen by Interpol’s 194 member states at a meeting of its annual congress in Dubai.

He beat Russia’s Alexander Prokopchuk, who had been widely tipped to win.

But there was growing concern that Mr Prokopchuk would use the role to target critics of Russia’s President Putin.

Beijing has since confirmed he has been detained and is being investigated for allegedly taking bribes.

Kim will serve out the remaining two years of Meng’s term.

 

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