Head of Interpol, Meng Hongwei, missing after China trip

MOSCOW RUSSIA ? JULY 6 2018 Interpol President Meng Hongwei at an International Cybersecurity Congress at Moscow's World Trade Centre. Mikhail Metzel  TASS

French police are investigating the disappearance of Interpol chief, Meng Hongwei, who was reported missing after traveling from France to his native China, and they have placed his wife under protection after threats, the interior ministry said on Friday.

Meng's wife contacted police in Lyon, the French city where the worldwide police cooperation agency has its headquarters, after not hearing from him since his departure on September 29, police sources said.

Interpol said it was aware of reports in connection with Meng's "alleged disappearance".

The 64-year-old was elected president of Interpol in November 2016 and his term is due to run until 2020. There has been no information about his whereabouts since Hongwei left France for China.

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Before taking over at Interpol, Meng Hongwei was deputy minister in charge of public security in China.

His wife reported him missing after he was never seen again, and Europe reported that he left the country on 29 September. "Interpol's General Secretariat headquarters will not comment further".

The president of Interpol heads its executive committee. 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". It also pointed out that the day-to-day running of the 192-member global organisation for police co-operation was handled by its secretary general, not the president.

According to Interpol's website, in May he delivered a speech in Ireland in which he discussed the changing face of global crime and the need for Interpol to remain above political considerations.

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