France opens probe into missing Chinese head of Interpol

Meng Hongwei president of Interpol gives an addresses at the opening of the Interpol World Congress in Singapore

Meng Hongwei president of Interpol gives an addresses at the opening of the Interpol World Congress in Singapore

The head of worldwide policing agency Interpol went missing during a trip to his native China last week.

The Interpol chief left France, where the worldwide police organisation is based, and arrived in China at the end of September, the official added.

In an extremely curious occurrence, French police are now busy searching for the Chinese president of Interpol after he was reported missing by his wife.

French authorities have opened an investigation into the whereabouts of the head of Interpol, police sources told several news outlets on Friday.

Interpol President Meng Hongwei poses during a visit to the headquarters of International Police Organisation in Lyon, France on May 8, 2018.

Meng is listed on the website of China's Ministry of Public Security as a vice-minister, but lost his seat on its key Communist Party Committee in April, the South China Morning Post reported.

Meng Hongwei, the director of Interpol, is reportedly missing.

There was no further word on Mr Meng's schedule in China or what prompted his wife to wait until now to report his absence. Amnesty International said Meng's rise to the international office was "alarming given China's long-standing practice of trying to use Interpol to arrest dissidents and refugees overseas".

European officials reported that he left the country on 29 September. He was due to serve until 2020. The police organization said in its statement "the day-to-day running of Interpol" is carried out by its secretary general, Jurgen Stock.

Interpol's president has vanished on a trip home to China.

Meng was named president of Interpol in 2016.

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