Liberal Democrat Leader Sir Vince Cable will today demand that the Conservative Government vote to block the election of Alexander Prokopchuk to the position of President of Interpol.
Vince Cable will raise the issue in an Urgent Question in the House of Commons later today.
Speaking ahead of the exchange, Vince Cable said:
“It is completely unacceptable that the Conservative Government are considering voting to elect Prokopchuk. It is particularly mind-blowing that this is at a time when the UK has Interpol Red Notices out for the arrest of Russian suspects involved in the Salisbury attack and at a time when the EU is moving to a vote on sanctions against Russia.
“Prokopchuk has been the head of Russia’s National Central Bureau since 2011, which means that he has had direct responsibility for Russia’s abuse of Interpol, including the inappropriate use of Red Notices to arrest individuals. His election would be an insult to the Salisbury victims and those who have been unjustly targeted by Russia’s red notices. It is making Interpol look like gangsters.
“It’s time the Conservative Government stood up for human rights and the rule of law. The Conservative Government must demonstrate that they are taking Russia’s abuse of Interpol and the Salisbury attack seriously. They must vote against Prokopchuk’s election.”
Vince Cable’s Urgent Question, which has been accepted by the Speaker, is due to be heard in the Chamber around 12:30pm. Please see the text of the question below.
"To ask the Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office if he will make a statement on the Interpol Presidency election."