South Korea’s Kim Jong Yang chosen as Interpol chief after US outcry against Russian candidate
Kim was assigned the role of Interpol’s acting president during a meeting in Dubai, UAE, after the resignation of Meng Hongwei. The latter is currently detained in his native China, pending a corruption investigation.
Reacting to the Interpol announcement, China director at Human Rights Watch Sophie Richardson noted that “real breaking news” from the organization would involve “showing the slightest shred of concern about what happened” to Meng Hongwei.
However, it wasn’t Kim’s candidacy that dominated discussion in the mainstream media prior to the announcement, but that of Alexander Prokopchuk – the organization’s current vice president. The Times assumed that his election would signify a “victory” for the Kremlin.
As soon as this news reached US lawmakers, they decided to dissuade delegates from voting for the Russian candidate, saying that Prokopchuk’s election would be “akin to putting a fox in charge of a henhouse.” They insisted that securing his presidency would allow Russia to “harass critics” living abroad and to “aid other authoritarian regimes.”
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