Meng Hongwei, high-level police official from China has been elected as the new President of International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL).
With this, he becomes first Chinese citizen to hold the four-year post. He was elected at the INTERPOL’s 85th annual general assembly held in Bali, Indonesia and succeeds Mireille “Ballen” Ballestrazzi.
Prior to this appointment, Meng Hongwei was Vice Minister of Public Security in China. He rich experience of 40 years in criminal justice and policing. In his career he has overseen affairs related to legal institutions, counter-terrorism, narcotics control, border control, immigration and international cooperation.
- Interpol is global police co-operation agency and a non-governmental organization (NGO).
- Its work focuses on public safety and battling terrorism, crimes against humanity, genocide, war crimes, environmental crime etc.
- It was established as the International Criminal Police Commission (ICPC) in 1923. Its headquartered is located at Lyon, France.
- It is the 2nd-largest international organization after the United Nations in terms of international representation with 190 member countries.