Bei­jing

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In­ter­pol head de­tained: Chi­nese of­fi­cials an­nounced this week that Meng Hong­wei, pres­i­dent of the international po­lice co­op­er­a­tion agency In­ter­pol, who dis­ap­peared while vis­it­ing China, has been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of cor­rup­tion. Meng, a Chi­nese cit­i­zen, trav­eled from Lyon, France—where In­ter­pol is based—to Bei­jing last month. His wife re­ported him miss­ing af­ter he texted her a knife emoji, sig­ni­fy­ing dan­ger, soon af­ter land­ing and then went silent. He is the lat­est top Chi­nese of­fi­cial to be caught up in an anti-cor­rup­tion sweep that is seen by many crit­ics as a cover for purg­ing po­ten­tial ri­vals to Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping. “Like oth­ers forcibly dis­ap­peared be­fore him,” said Maya Wang of Hu­man Rights Watch, Meng “faces de­ten­tion un­til he con­fesses un­der duress, an un­fair trial, and then harsh im­pris­on­ment, pos­si­bly for many years.”

Meng: Ar­rested

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