Interpol’s new chief: the ‘bulldozer’ with a taste for tackling cybercrime


The election of South Korea’s Kim Jong-yang as president of Interpol after months of scandal will likely see the organisation return to its core mission, as delegates chose a career cop over Kremlin insider Alexander Prokopchuk.

While the role is largely ceremonial and day-to-day operations are handled by the general secretary, Kim will be tasked with salvaging the organisation’s reputation after the sudden departure of the previous president, Meng Hongwei of China, who was detained over allegations of corruption. Meng’s wife, Grace Meng, insists he is innocent, and says the charges are driven by a vendetta at his security ministry that has cast a spotlight on China’s authoritarian system.

Kim joined the police in 1992, rising to become the of police in Gyeonggi province, the most populous in South Korea, before retiring in 2015 to become a vice-president at Interpol.

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