China admits Interpol president under investigation after disappearance

Interpol President Meng Hongwei Photo: Financial Times

Meng Hongwei, vice minister of Chinas Ministry of Public Security, is under investigation by the National Supervision Commission on suspicion of voilation of law, Chinese authorities confirmed on Sunday evening.

The statement came as speculation over the whereabouts of the Chinese senior official, who reportedly disappeared after returning to his homeland from France in late September, dominated international headlines.

Mr Meng is also the president of Lyon-based Interpol, or the International Police Criminal Organization. He is the first Chinese to hold such a high post in the international organization.

Chinas announcement, Interpol announced its missing president had resigned with immediate effect.

However, it made no mention of Mr Mengs sudden disappearance or his current whereabouts.

Mr Mengs disappearance was first reported to French authorities by his wife, Grace Meng, according to Frances Interior Ministry.

Ms Meng told reporters that she had not heard from her husband since September 25.

She said her last contact with Mr Meng came via a WhatsApp text message with a knife emoji and the instructions, Wait for my call.

Mr Meng could be the latest high-profile target of the anti-corruption campaign launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012.

The campaign promised to crackdown on both powerful and ordinary officials, or tigers and flies.

In the following six years, it has brought down over 1.5 million Communist Party officials, including Zhou Yongkang, a former senior leader of the CPC; Bo Xilai, a member of the Politburo, Chinas highest decision-making body, and Communist Party Secretary of Chongqing Municipality; and Sun Zhengcai, former Communist Party Secretary of Chongqing Municipality and a member of the Politburo.

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