murr - elias 041009Former Lebanese Deputy PM and Defense minister Elias Murr was appointed as head of INTERPOL Fund for a Safer World, national News Agency ( NNA) reported on Tuesday.

INTERPOL, the world’s largest international police organization reportedly uses the fund to identify and dismantle organized crime networks .

In the past year alone the fund reportedly helped INTERPOL police in interventions and raids targeting counterfeit and sub-standard goods that have resulted in seizures worth millions of Dollars across the globe and more than 1,700 arrests.

Murr, 52 was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior and Municipalities in 2000, replacing his father Michel Murr. He was in office until 2005 when he was succeeded by Suleiman Frangieh. Murr was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense in 2005 till 2011 when the cabinet of former PM Saad Hariri collapsed.

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