Interpol chief goes missing on China trip
PRESIDENT ‘VANISHES’ ON VISIT
THE president of Interpol, a former senior Chinese security official, has been reported missing after he travelled to his native country at the end of September, a French judicial official said.
Meng Hongwei’s wife reported yesterday that she had not heard from her 64-year-old husband since he left Lyon, France, where Interpol is based, said the official.
The French official said Mr Meng did arrive in China.
There was no further word on Mr Meng’s schedule in China or what prompted his wife to wait until now to report his absence.
In a statement, Interpol said it was aware of reports about Mr Meng’s disappearance and added “this is a matter for the relevant authorities in both France and China”.
The statement noted that Interpol’s secretary general, and not its president, is responsible for the international police agency’s operations.
Mr Meng has held a variety of positions within China’s security establishment since 2004. His duties in China would have put him in close proximity to former leaders, some of whom had fallen foul of President Xi Jinping’s sweeping crackdown on corruption.