Kim Jong Yang has been elected the Interpol President, to replace Meng Hongwei who went missing in his native home in China in September.
Yang floored Russian candidate Alexander Prokopchuk at a meeting of delegates from member nations in Dubai.
— INTERPOL (@INTERPOL_HQ) November 21, 2018
Hongwei, went missing on his return to China in late September. His wife Grace Meng raised the alarmed 10 days later and said she’d received threats via social networks and telephone.
Chinese authorities later announced Meng was being held and investigated for alleged corruption. Meng, who was also a vice minister of public security in China, has been accused of accepting bribes and committing unspecified other crimes.
Yang will serve out Meng’s term until 2020.
Interpol’s president chairs its General Assembly while day-to-day operations are handled by the organisation’s Secretary general Juergen Stock.
Western nations shied off electing Prokopchuk over fears that Moscow could abuse the role to target political opponents.
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