China says Interpol chief being probed 'on suspicion of violating the law'

China says Interpol chief being probed 'on suspicion of violating the law'

China says Interpol chief being probed 'on suspicion of violating the law'

Meng, who is concurrently a Chinese deputy minister of public security, was elected to head Interpol in 2016 and slated to serve at its Lyon, France, headquarters until 2020.

The South China Morning Post reported that Meng is under investigation in China for unspecified reasons.

Beijing, which had remained tight-lipped about Meng's fate since French officials disclosed his disappearance on Friday, said in a one-line statement that Meng "is now under investigation on suspicion of violating the law". It did not say why.

Meng is China's vice minister of public security.

The announcement came shortly after China's top anti-corruption body said that Meng is under investigation in that country, ending days of speculation about his whereabouts but still leaving many questions unanswered.

Interpol later said Meng had resigned as president of the worldwide police organization with immediate effect.

It comes as authorities in China said the Interpol president is under investigation on suspicion of breaking the law.

Later, upon learning about the announcement from China's anti-graft commission, she told AFP that her husband's case will be under the watch of "international law and global public opinion", describing the situation as "political ruin". The message from Meng at 12:26 on September 26 says "wait for my call".

Interpol, which is based in Lyon, said Saturday it made a formal request to China for information about Meng.

Grace Meng detailed the chilling final exchange of messages with her husband, Meng Hongwei, to reporters Sunday in the French city of Lyon, where Interpol is based.

Speaking today, Mrs Meng said she has had no further contact with her husband since the message with a knife image inside was sent on September 25. Ms Meng said he sent her an image of a knife that day, which she thought was a warning that he was in danger.

Grace Meng refused to speculate on what might have happened to him or whether he had been arrested, saying: 'In China, what happened, I'm not sure'.

The appeal by Meng's wife for justice and fairness echoed pleas from the families of scores of people who fell afoul of the Chinese Communist Party under President Xi Jinping's rule.

She said he had travelled back to China for work, after a visit to the Nordics.

The French authorities said his wife had been placed under police protection after receiving threats.

Local French media broadcast a video which they said was from Mr Meng's wife Grace, in which she issued a brief statement from a hotel in Lyon to express her concerns.

"Interpol's General Secretariat looks forward to an official response from China's authorities to address concerns over the President's well-being.".

She said she was taking the unusual step of speaking out because she felt a greater responsibility.

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