Chinese Interpol boss goes missing

Aaron Brown
October 8, 2018

Meng Hongwei, the Chinese president of Interpol, who was reported missing is under probe in China, says a report.

Meng Hongwei, a Chinese national, was reported missing after going to his home country on September 29, Reuters reported, citing unnamed French judicial sources.

Interpol President Meng Hongwei poses during a visit to the headquarters of International Police Organisation in Lyon, France, May 8, 2018. His term in Lyon runs until 2020.

He has held a variety of positions within China's security establishment, including as a vice minister of public security - the national police force - since 2004. The agency added, "This is a matter for the relevant authorities in both France and China".

He is a senior Communist Party official in China and has formerly served as the deputy head of public security.

It was not clear why Meng, 64, who was named Interpol's president two years ago, had travelled to China.

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But Interpol has in the past denied this, saying its head does not intervene in day-to-day operations, which are handled by secretary-general Juergen Stock, a German.

Interpol is the world's largest agency facilitating police cooperation with 192 member countries.

When Mr Meng was elected in 2016 as Interpol president, rights groups expressed concern that he would pursue an agenda of politicised policing that targeted Mr Xi's opponents.

Billionaire Guo Guangchang, chairman of one of China's biggest private-sector conglomerates Fosun, also vanished from public view in 2015 in connection with an investigation by authorities, and then re-emerged. In particular, Meng likely dealt extensively with former security chief Zhou Yongkang, who is now serving a life sentence for corruption.

Xi has placed a premium on getting officials and businesspeople accused of fraud and corruption to return from overseas, making Meng's position even more sensitive.

At first it was unclear exactly where the man disappeared, but a source in the European country, reported that "he disappeared not in France".

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