Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Interpol says president resigned amid Chinese dentention

Meng served a lengthy term as China's vice minister for public security Meng served a lengthy term as China's vice minister for public security
Andrew Cummings | 08 October, 2018, 07:13

China's antigraft watchdog said on Sunday Interpol President Meng Hongwei, who had gone missing, is under investigation on suspicion of unspecified violations of the law.

"Interpol has requested through official law enforcement channels clarification from China's authorities on the status of Interpol President Meng Hongwei", Jurgen Stock, the secretary-general of the worldwide police body said in a statement. His whereabouts and status have been mysteries since his wife reported Friday that she had not heard from him since he went to China at the end of September.

Beijing announced Monday the Chinese head of Interpol, who vanished after returning to his homeland, was under investigation for possible criminal activity, and the world police organisation said he had resigned.

Interpol also said in its statement that it will elect a new president for the remaining two years of the current mandate at its general assembly in Dubai on November 18-21.

She's received no news from her husband since, and doesn't know what has happened to him, AP said.

The disciplinary arm of China's Communist Party released a statement saying Hongwei "is under investigation by the National Supervision Commission for alleged violations of laws".

Meng's wife, Grace Meng, reported him missing to French authorities on Thursday after she hadn't seen him for 10 days and had received threats, including a text message with an image of a knife.

She says she has had no further contact with him since the message that was sent on September 25.

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She asked journalists not to show her face as feared for her own safety and the safety of her two children.

When Mr Meng was named Interpol's president, human rights groups expressed concern that Beijing might try to leverage his position to pursue dissidents abroad.Beijing has in the past pressed countries to arrest and deport to China citizens it accuses of crimes, from corruption to terrorism.

However, it was not clear if the Interpol president, Meng Hongwei, was detained.

Some critics of the effort which has punished more than one million officials say it also functions as a tool for Xi to eliminate his political rivals. The announcement was made by the National Supervisory Committee, the agency responsible for implementing President Xi's sweeping purge of corruption among public servants.

During Meng's tenure, Interpol issued a red notice for fugitive Chinese billionaire real estate tycoon Guo Wengui, who threatened to reveal corruption at the country's highest levels.

The organisation's secretary general, Jürgan Stock, has demanded a "clarification" from Beijing.

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