Interpol asks China for information on its missing president

Interpol asks China for information on its missing president

Interpol asks China for information on its missing president

Interpol Secretary General Jurgen Stock said, "Interpol has requested through official law enforcement channels clarification from China's authorities on the status of Interpol President Meng Hongwei", quoted CNN.

The International Criminal Police Organization based in Lyon, France, connects the law enforcement agencies of its 192 member countries.

Roderic Broadhurst, a professor of criminology at Australian National University, said Meng's disappearance would be "pretty disconcerting" for people in global bodies that work with China, and could harm China's efforts to develop cooperative legal assistance measures with other countries.

The wife of Meng Hongwei said she has not been able to contact him since he traveled to China in late September.

His wife, who remained in France with their two children, reported her concerns to the police, who launched a probe.

There has been no official comment from China on Meng's whereabouts.

Meng has held several senior positions in China including vice minister of public security.

It is not clear why Meng - the first Chinese president of Interpol - would be under investigation.

Amid reports of missing Interpol president Meng Wonghei being detained in China, the global police organisation has asked for a "clarification" from the Chinese authorities.

The newspaper said last week that Meng had been "taken away" for questioning by what it said were "discipline authorities".

"It is weird", Broadhurst said on Saturday, adding that China was likely to "brush off" any political damage that it would cause to Beijing's involvement in worldwide bodies.

But Interpol walks a fine line between its noble mission - facilitating global police co-operation - and the politics and policies of some of its member countries.

Soon after, Interpol said it had received Meng's resignation "with immediate effect", and that the body will elect a new president at its general assembly next month.

His appointment as Interpol president in 2016 alarmed some human rights organisations, fearful it would embolden China to strike out at dissidents and refugees overseas.

His duties in China would have put him in close proximity to former leaders, some who fell afoul of President Xi Jinping's sweeping anti-corruption campaign. His term as Interpol president runs until 2020. He likely dealt extensively with former security chief Zhou Yongkang, now serving a life sentence for corruption.

It's unclear if he was on official business in China.

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