Meng, who is also a vice-minister at China’s Ministry of Public Security, is under investigation in China, amid mystery of his disappearance after his wife reported to the French police that he was missing
The Hush Post: The Chinese have detained Interpol President Meng Hongwei for questioning. This is a day after it came to light that Meng Hongwei was reportedly missing.
As per reports, his interrogation by the Chinese is part of the investigation against him.
64-year-old Meng is the first Chinese head of Interpol which is headquartered in France. He was “taken away” for questioning by discipline authorities immediately after he landed in China. This was reported by Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post said.
It is not clear why he is being investigated and there is no word about his whereabouts.
Meng, who is also a vice-minister at China’s Ministry of Public Security, is under investigation in China, the Post reported amid mystery of his disappearance after his wife reported to the French police that he was missing.
The French police had said that they had launched a probe for Meng after his wife touched base with them.
Interpol, based in Lyon, said on Friday that it was aware of reports of Meng’s “alleged disappearance.” Meng was last seen in France on September 29.
Till now the public security ministry and the foreign ministry in China have not issued a statement on it.
Under China’s supervision law, a suspect’s family and employer must be notified within a day of detention. However, Meng’s wife was not informed.
Meng can serve the Interpol agency till 2020 which happens to be the year of his superannuation
An unnamed French judicial official has said that Meng arrived in China. However, there was no news of him ever since.
While Meng is listed on the website of China’s Ministry of Public Security as a vice-minister, he lost his seat on its Communist Party Committee — its real decision-making body — in April.
According to his own page on the site, Meng’s last official engagement was on August 23, when he met Lai Chung Han, a second permanent secretary of Singapore, it said.
Meng was appointed the head of Interpol in 2016. His appointment also sparked concern about China extending its crackdown on dissidents abroad. He is due to serve until 2020.