There was the head of Interpol: under investigation in China

08 October, 2018, 01:20 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Interpol chief Meng Hongwei reportedly vanishes on visit to China

Meng, who is also a vice-minister at China's Ministry of Public Security, is under investigation in China, the Post reported amid mystery surrounding his disappearance after his wife reported to the French police that he had gone missing.

The probe was opened by the prosecutor in Lyon, where Interpol is based, said the person, who asked not to be identified as the status of the case is confidential. She contacted the police on Friday.

Interpol said it was aware of reports in connection with Meng's "alleged disappearance".

In a statement, the organization said: "This is a matter for the relevant authorities in France and China".

Meng was elected president of Interpol in November 2016.

Meng, who previously served as China's vice minister of public security, was elected to lead the global police organisation in 2016.

"Exchanges with Chinese authorities continue", the ministry added.

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There was no further word on Meng's schedule in China or what prompted his wife to wait until now to report his absence.

Presidents of Interpol are seconded from their national administrations and remain in their home post while representing the worldwide policing body.

China has not commented officially on Meng's disappearance and there was no mention of him in official media on Saturday.

But Interpol has in the past denied this, saying its head does not intervene in day-to-day operations, which are handled by secretary-general Juergen Stock, a German.

After his election human rights groups expressed concern that the move could help China pursue political dissidents who have fled the country. He replaced French police officer Mireille Ballestrazzi and was due to serve till 2020.

Mr Xi has also placed a premium on obtaining the return of officials and businesspeople accused of fraud and corruption from overseas, making Mr Meng's position all the more sensitive.

At first it was unclear exactly where the man disappeared, but a source in the European country, reported that "he disappeared not in France".

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