n an extremely curious occurrence, French police are now busy searching for the Chinese president of Interpol after he was reported missing by his wife.
Meng Hongwei’s family have reportedly not seen or heard from him since he left the headquarters of the international policing organization in the French city of Lyon last week for a trip back to China. One source close to the investigation told AFP that the 64-year-old senior Communist Party official did not disappear in France.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post has quoted a source as saying that as soon as Meng landed back in China, he was taking away for questioning by “discipline authorities.” It’s not clear why Meng was taken away or where he is being held (perhaps a quiet “holiday resort” in Jiangsu province?).
Meng became the president of Interpol in 2016. He also serves as a vice minister of public security in China. His election alarmed many international observers who worried that he might shift the international policing organization’s focus and resources over to investigations favored by Beijing.
Interpol told Reuters that it is aware of reports of Meng’s “alleged disappearance,” but that it is a matter for the relevant authorities of “both” France and China.