Interpol President Reported Missing During Trip To China

Interpol President Reported Missing During Trip To China

Kerry Wise
October 8, 2018

His family have not heard from him since he left Interpol HQ in the French city of Lyon for a trip back to China a week ago, police sources say. But because Interpol's secretary-general is responsible for the day-to-day running of the police agency's operations, Meng's absence may have little operational effect.

"Interpol's General Secretariat headquarters will not comment further".

The South China Morning Post reported that Mr Meng was placed under investigation in China as soon as he arrived in the country last week.

To make matters murkier, Meng is not just the head of Interpol, he is also a vice minister for public safety in China.

FILE - In this July 4, 2017 file photo, Interpol President, Meng Hongwei, walks toward the stage to deliver his opening address at the Interpol World congress in Singapore.

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.

In July previous year, Meng gave a speech on the importance of cracking down on cyber crime which observers said might reflect China's views on the issue.

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According to Meng's bio on Interpol's website, he has nearly 40 years of experience in criminal justice and policing, during which he dealt with issues related to legal institutions, narcotics control, counter-terrorism, border control, immigration and worldwide cooperation.

The news site Caixin later said Yang was being investigated by Chinese authorities over his ties to the head of state-controlled Huarong Asset Management and had been detained in Cambodia.

Police sources said Meng's wife and children remained in Lyon.

Interpol released a statement saying only that it was "aware of media reports in connection with the alleged disappearance" of Meng.

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

At the time, Amnesty International called Meng's appointment "at odds with Interpol's mandate to work in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights".