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Meng Hongwei, the president of Interpol, was reported missing Friday morning after his wife told authorities in France she had not heard from him since he left for a family visit to China in late September.
The South China Morning Post reported Friday that an unnamed source told them Chinese “discipline” authorities apprehended Meng for unspecified questioning as soon as he landed in the country. Prior to being elected to lead Interpol in 2016, Meng was a senior law enforcement and Coast Guard officials in the Chinese government.
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Meng lives in France, where Interpol is headquartered. Meng’s wife reported him missing on Friday, saying that he had not been seen since September 29, according to police sources. Police in France have reportedly confirmed that Meng arrived in China and did not disappear in France.
The South China Morning Post also has a source insisting that Meng did not disappear in France. The Hong Kong-based newspaper adds another wrinkle to the story: a source confirming Meng is in Chinese police custody.
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“The 64-year-old official, who is also a vice-minister at China’s Ministry of Public Security, was ‘taken away’ for questioning by discipline authorities ‘as soon as he landed in China’ last week, the person said,” according to the Post.
No details have emerged regarding why Meng was arrested or what he is being questioned about if the report is true. No law enforcement official has confirmed this report on the record at press time.
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In a statement, Interpol confirmed his disappearance and clarified that local authorities are responsible for the initial investigation, not Interpol itself. The organization said it was “aware of media reports in connection with the alleged disappearance of Interpol President Meng Hongwei” and that his disappearance was “a matter for the relevant authorities in both France and China.” According to Deutsche Welle, Interpol added...
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