U.S. to post prosecutor at European police agency Europol

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Posted: Sep 16, 2015 6:21 AM

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The United States will post a prosecutor at Europol, Europe's police agency, to enable closer cooperation on international investigations, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Wednesday.

Lynch made the announcement during a visit to the organization that was focused on jointly fighting cyber crime.

"This person will be a day-to-day presence for all issues," Lynch said in The Hague.

U.S. and European law enforcement agencies have already been cooperating closely on cybercrime, Lynch said. She cited investigations into "botnet" networks of hacked computers, and the dismantling of "dark web" marketplaces where illegal drugs, weapons and services are sold.

The appointment will formalize the cooperation and make it easier to make quick decisions in evolving investigations. Lynch cited jurisdictional questions as an example.

Europol, with roughly 950 staff, coordinates investigations across Europe, including people trafficking, money laundering and counterfeiting and organized crime.

(Reporting By Anthony Deutsch and Toby Sterling; Editing by Kevin Liffey, Larry King)