Interpol meets to select new president after China's arrest

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Interpol meets to select new president after China's arrest
Jurgen Stock, Secretary General of Interpol, right, and commander-in-chief of Dubai Police Abdullah Al Marri arrive for a press conference at the opening day of 87th International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) General Assembly in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Interpol member-states are gathering in Dubai to select a new president after the agency’s former leader was detained in China.

Meng Hongwei— who was China’s vice minister of public security while also leading Interpol — went missing while on a trip to China in September. It later emerged that the long-time Communist Party insider with decades of experience in China’s security apparatus was detained as part of a wider anti-corruption sweep.

Interpol’s annual general assembly began on Sunday and runs until Wednesday, when member-states will vote on a new president for the coming year.

Interpol member-states will also be deciding whether to accept Kosovo as a full member, which would allow officials there to file red notices of arrest for Serbian officials that Kosovo considers war criminals.