Interpol President Meng Hongwei Goes ‘Missing’ in China, Chinese Authorities Urged to Clarify His Fate

Paris (France): Interpol’s Secretary General Jurgen Stock on Saturday asked the Chinese to clarify the fate of Interpol President Meng Hongwei who went “missing” after traveling to China from France six days ago. Stock said Interpol used official law enforcement channels to convey its message to the Chinese authorities and also asked them to address concerns over the well-being of Meng.

“Interpol’s General Secretariat looks forward to an official response from the Chinese authorities to address concerns over the President’s well-being,” said Stock. France on Friday opened an investigation to probe the disappearance of Meng after his wife reported him missing. The French official said that Hongwei left France and arrived in China in the last week of September to his visit his native home.

There has been no news regarding his whereabouts since he left Interpol’s headquarters in Lyon for his native China on September 28. The investigation, according to the reports, was first reported by French radio Europe 1. “He did not disappear in France,” the source said.

64-year-old Meng a high ranking member of China’s Communist Party, was elected as head of Interpol in 2016, replacing Mireille Ballestrazzi. Before being elected head of Interpol in November 2016, Meng was vice minister of public security in China, which critics say gave him control over the secret police.

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