'KGB man' set to be next head of Interpol

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Interpol is due to elect a new head on November 21 and four U.S. senators, including Marco Rubio, published a joint statement on Monday urging the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to oppose the candidacy of Russia's Alexander Prokopchuk.

All Interpol's 194 member states gets a vote in the secret ballot being held in Dubai today.

US lawmakers have been lobbying President Donald Trump's administration to oppose Prokopchuk's candidacy, charging that Russian Federation has been abusing Interpol, trying to use it to settle scores and harass dissidents by issuing warrants for their arrest. "We believe Mr Kim will be just that". "Russia routinely abuses Interpol for the goal of settling scores and harassing political opponents, dissidents and journalists".

The pair are holding the event in order to speak out against Alexander Prokopchuk, a Russian law enforcement official who is a candidate in Wednesday's election to decide the next head of Interpol.

A report published by The Sunday Times said a Russian Interior Ministry official is expected to win, sparking concern that Moscow may use the organisation to target critics and dissidents residing beyond Russian police jurisdiction.

The FDP's foreign police spokesman Bijan Djir-Sarai told Bild: "In such a role (Prokopchuk) would have access to Interpol's invaluable information and strategies".

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said on Twitter: "Our team has suffered from abuse of Interpol for political persecution by Russia ..."

Interpol vice president Alexander Prokopchuk (L) and and Meng Hongwei, president of Interpol, attend the opening of the Interpol World Congress in Singapore on July 4, 2017.

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Browder says the false accusation underscores the need to stop Russian Federation from abusing Interpol.

Moscow's interior ministry attacked a "foreign media campaign aimed at discrediting Russia's candidate". Interpol did not respond directly to accusations of abuse of its red notice system by the Kremlin.

Yesterday senior United Kingdom politicians and human rights groups decried his candidacy and called for him to be stopped from getting the top job.

The agency faced criticism two years ago when Interpol's member-states approved Meng as president for a four-year term.

Bill Browder, who runs an investment fund that had once operated in Moscow, says Russian Federation used the diffusion system against him, which led to his brief arrest in Spain earlier this year.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said during a conference call on Tuesday that the US senators' statement was "a kind of election interference, [in] the election held by this worldwide organization".

Meng was missing for several days last month before the Chinese authorities confirmed he had been detained over bribery allegations.

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