China says Interpol chief Meng Hongwei is under investigation

China says Interpol chief Meng Hongwei is under investigation

China says Interpol chief Meng Hongwei is under investigation

Interpol later said Meng had resigned as president of the global police organization with immediate effect.

Meng is China's vice minister for public security, and regularly traveled between Beijing and Lyon, France, where Interpol is based.

Hongwei's wife had said Sunday her husband sent her an image of a knife before he disappeared during the China trip, a symbol she took as his way of telling her he was in danger.

Previously, Interpol had said that reports about Meng's disappearance were "a matter for the relevant authorities in both France and China".

A statement released by Interpol on Sunday said that Meng has resigned with immediate effect.

It was not until almost midnight on Sunday that China finally provided an explanation, releasing a one-sentence statement which said that Meng was under the "monitoring and investigation" of anti-corruption party investigators.

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.

The president of Interpol, who reportedly signalled to his wife he was in danger before being reported missing, is under investigation, China has said.

Speaking in Lyon, the southeast French city where the worldwide police organisation is based, she said the last social media message she received from her husband came on September 25, depicting a single knife emoji.

She said the call never came and she does not know what happened to him.

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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.

A spokeswoman for Interpol, who declined to give her name, refused to say whether Meng had been on official business in China.

Meng's wife had been placed under police protection by the French authorities after receiving threats.

The South China Morning Post reported that Meng is under investigation in China for unspecified reasons.

China's recently established National Supervisory Commission holds sweeping powers to investigate the country's public servants with few requirements for transparency.

About 1.5 million government officials have been punished for wrongdoing in the crackdown, which critics say is an excuse for President Xi to target political enemies and punish disloyalty.

Meng's vanishing act bears hallmarks of what happens to senior officials when they are suspected of violating party rules, usually alleged corruption.

He appointed Meng vice security minister in 2004.

Interpol has downplayed the concerns, saying the president has little influence over the organisation's day-to-day operations, which are handled by secretary general Stock, a German. China now has 44 outstanding red notices, mostly related to murder, intentional injury and drug smuggling, according to Interpol's website.

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