Chinese Interpol chief reported missing on home visit

Chinese Interpol chief reported missing on home visit

Chinese Interpol chief reported missing on home visit

Meng was last seen in France on September 29, police sources said.

In a statement, the organization said: "This is a matter for the relevant authorities in France and China".

Hong Kong's South China Morning Post quoted an unnamed source as saying Meng had been taken for questioning as soon as he landed in China, but it also was not clear why.

While there are no public allegations against him, Meng, a member of the ruling Communist Party, likely worked closely with former security chief and Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang, who is now serving a life sentence for corruption.

China, in the midst of a weeklong holiday, offered no comment on the disappearance of Meng.

"France is puzzled about the situation of Interpol's president and concerned about the threats made to his wife", the ministry said.

One of the more public cases was that of Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing who only recently returned to social media after dropping off the radar in May.

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Meng has held several senior positions in China, including vice minister of public security and he previously served as vice chairman of the national narcotics control commission and director of the National Counter-Terrorism Office.

Police sources said Meng's wife and children remained in Lyon. But then, nothing. His wife, who put out a call on Friday, said she hasn't heard from her 64-year-old husband since the end of September, the official said.

Mei Hongwei, a citizen of China.

"Exchanges with Chinese authorities continue", the ministry added.

He was head or deputy head of branches of the coast guard, and in 2016, he was elected Interpol's president. 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".

Such actions would be contrary to Interpol's mission statement: "Action is taken within the limits of existing laws in different countries and in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights".

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