Missing’ Interpol chief found: he is being questioned by the police of China
Interpol President Meng Hongwei has never been declared missing, he is currently under investigation in China, Chinese newspaper SCMP reports. Earlier, the French police launched an investigation into the disappearance of Hongwei after the statement of his wife.
Interpol President Meng Hongwei has been detained by the police of China, South China Morning Post reports this citing its source.
Meng Hongwei, who also holds the post of deputy minister in the Ministry of Public Security of the People's Republic of China, was "detained" for questioning by law enforcement officers, "as soon as his plane landed in China," SCMP quotes its source.
The newspaper notes that the reason for the detention of Hongwei is unknown. Le Monde claimed that the “loss” of the President of Interpol is not connected to any criminal episode. According to the French newspaper, the international organization believes that Hongwei was detained by Chinese law enforcement officers for short time.
On October 5, Reuters reported that the French authorities launched an investigation into the disappearance of the Interpol president, Meng Hongwei. Hongwei’s disappearance was reported by his wife, who lives in Leon, where the Interpol headquarters are located. France, China and Interpol officials are yet to comment on the reports. There has been no information about his whereabouts since Hongwei left France for China.
Meng Hongwei, 64, was elected the new president of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) in November 2016. Prior to that, he had served as Deputy Minister of Public Security of China, and also headed the National Central Bureau of Interpol in the PRC.
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