The election of South Korea's Kim Jong-yang as president of Interpol after months of scandal will most likely see the…
The election of South Korea’s Kim Jong-yang as president of Interpol after months of scandal will most likely see the organization return to its core mission, as delegates chose a career policy over Kremlin’s insider Alexander Prokopchuk.
While the role is largely of ceremonial and daily operations managed by the Secretary General, Kim will be tasked with saving the reputation of the organization after the sudden departure of former President Meng Hongwei in China who was imprisoned by charges of corruption. Meng’s wife, Grace Meng, insists he is innocent and says the charges are driven by a vendetta at his security department who has thrown a headlight on China’s authoritarian system.
Kim joined the police in 1
992 and was head of police in Gyeonggi province, the most populous in South Korea, before leaving for 2015 to become Vice President of Interpol.
“He has a reputation for firmness, and many in Korea have liked him to a bulldozer: whatever he wants to do, he will get it done,” said Lee Chang-Hoon, Professor of Police Administration at Hannam University in Daejeon . “He is likely to push for more cooperation between the authorities on investigations and focus in particular on transnational cybercrime.”
His election represents a high-profile victory for a government program called “K-cop-wave” with South Korean officials
The program was founded in 2015 and has educated officials from dozens of countries focusing on East Asian nations with major Korean populations. It has established several dedicated desks in countries like the Philippines and Vietnam, and also operated Korean police products on the international market.
South Korea’s police has a routine past. During years of dictatorship they feared the regime’s instrument and helper pte to crush protemocratic protests in the southern city of Gwangju in 1980 where hundreds died. In recent years, the police have been criticized for the perception that they do not seriously violate women.