In­ter­pol still search­ing for miss­ing of­fi­cial

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - WORLD -

PARIS — In­ter­pol said Sat­ur­day it has made a for­mal re­quest to China for in­for­ma­tion about the agency’s miss­ing pres­i­dent, a se­nior Chi­nese se­cu­rity of­fi­cial who seem­ingly van­ished while on a trip home.

The Lyon-based in­ter­na­tional po­lice agency said it used law en­force­ment chan­nels to sub­mit its re­quest to China about the sta­tus of Meng Hong­wei. Its state­ment said the agency “looks for­ward to an of­fi­cial re­sponse from China’s au­thor­i­ties to ad­dress con­cerns over the pres­i­dent’s well-be­ing,”

China, in the midst of a week­long hol­i­day, has yet to com­ment on the 64year-old se­cu­rity of­fi­cial’s dis­ap­pear­ance. Calls and faxed ques­tions to the for­eign and pub­lic se­cu­rity min­istries went unan­swered.

Meng’s wife says she hasn’t heard from him since he left the French city of Lyon at the end of Septem­ber. France has launched its own in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Meng is also a vice min­is­ter for pub­lic se­cu­rity in China.


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