There has been wide-spread concern that INTERPOL Vice President, Russian, Alexander Prokopchuk, would become the new President of that organisation. The vacancy at the top of the International police body came up when the former President Meng Hongwei from China was arrested in his homeland on suspicion of bribery. There was concern that the appointment of Prokopchuk, a former Russian interior ministry official, would cause great damage to INTERPOL’s credibility.
Last Wednesday (21 Nov 2018) delegates from the 192 member states from around the world gathered in Dubai to elect a new INTERPOL President. However, instead of the widely expected elevation of Prokopchuk the new President of INTERPOL is South Korean Kim Jong-yang, a former senior police officer.
Whilst the appointment of Jong-yang will alleviate immediate concerns about INTERPOL there still remains much to be done to remedy the abuse of the Red Notice system run by the organisation. Red Notices are a powerful tool which are often issued by countries against political and commercial opponents. Having an INTERPOL Notice issued against a person can have a significant impact on their life, affecting their visa status, ability to work and travel.