Interpol's President Has Been Missing For More Than A Week

Interpol's President Has Been Missing For More Than A Week

Interpol's President Has Been Missing For More Than A Week

According to a report by the South China Morning Post newspaper, Meng was taken in for questioning by Chinese authorities.

French police have opened an investigation into the reported disappearance last week of Meng Hongwei, the Chinese head of the worldwide police organisation Interpol, a source close to the inquiry said.

Global police agency Interpol has urged China to clarify the status of its president, Meng Hongwei, who has gone missing on a visit to the country. "Interpol's General Secretariat looks forward to an official response from China's authorities to address concerns over the President's well-being, Interpol Secretary General Stock added in the statement.

His disappearance was reported by his wife to the French police who said she didn't hear from her husband after he landed in China. French police have told Reuters that there is an investigation going in France about his disappearance, what has been termed as a "worrying disappearance".

Meng, 64, the first Chinese head of the worldwide law enforcement agency headquartered in France, was "taken away" for questioning by authorities "as soon as he landed in China" last week, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post quoted a source as saying.

After a 40-year policing and criminal justice career, Meng also is China's deputy minister of public security.

So far, Chinese authorities have not made an official statement in this regard.

China's Ministry of Public Security did not immediately respond to a faxed request for comment.

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

Mr Meng's case is notable for a few reasons.

Beijing has so far said nothing on Meng's case.

Mr Hongwei was the first Chinese official to become Interpol president, Chinese state news agency Xinhua said at the time.

Interpol yesterday said it asked Chinese authorities for information about Meng.

Chinese president Xi Jinping has presided over a popular anti-graft drive since coming to power in 2012 that has punished more than one million officials, with critics comparing it to a political purge.

Mr Meng has held various positions within China's security establishment, including as a vice minister of public security since 2004.

People are arrested during a temporary stay in China, are also deprived of their freedom and are often interrogated for a perennial period, Le Monde report said.

Meng is head of the executive committee that oversees Interpol. Because Interpol's secretary general is responsible for the day-to-day running of the agency's operations, Meng's absence may have little operational effect.

His term is expected to run until 2020, according to the company's website.

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