Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable has today warned Prokopchuk’s position in Interpol is still "an insult to the victims of the Salisbury attack".
Vince Cable used an Urgent Question in the House of Commons yesterday to urge the Conservative Government to block the election of Alexander Prokopchuk to the position of President of Interpol.
Mr Prokopchuk has been accused of abusing the international police body’s arrest warrant system. He lost his bid to be President of Interpol to South Korean Kim Jong-yang.
Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said:
“Following a Liberal Democrat-led intervention in Parliament yesterday, it is a relief to see Government lobbying has meant Interpol have not elected Prokopchuk as their President.
"Prokopchuk is still, however, the Vice President and able to exercise considerable influence. Given his direct role in the Putin regime’s abuse of Interpol’s red notices, his presence in office represents a disregard for the rule of law and is an insult to the victims of the Salisbury attack.
“With the Conservative Government turning its back on Europe, it is absolutely essential that the UK remains firmly part of Europol.”