Deputy head of Germany's FBI equivalent elected Interpol chief

7th November 2014, Comments 0 comments

Jurgen Stock, deputy head of Germany's BKA federal investigative police agency, was elected Friday as the new chief of Interpol at the international organisation's annual general assembly.

Stock, 55, replaces Ronald Noble, a US law professor who is stepping down after spending 14 years as secretary general of the 190-country-strong police organisation.

"More than ever before, strong international organisations are needed, organisations like Interpol," Stock told the closed-door assembly gathered in Monaco, according to a statement.

"Geopolitical conflicts, health risks, environmental threats, as well as terrorism, transnational organised crime and in particular cybercrime, these are challenges which cannot be overcome by national states alone.

"The Interpol chief is based in the southeastern French city of Lyon and supervises international police cooperation on a daily basis.

He or she is appointed for a five-year term and can be re-elected.

Stock takes over from Noble with immediate effect.

© 2014 AFP

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