In­ter­pol chief goes miss­ing on China trip

PRES­I­DENT ‘VAN­ISHES’ ON VISIT

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - World -

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.

Meng Hong­wei

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