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Interpol President Missing, China Pressed For Answers

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Interpol President Missing, China Pressed For Answers

Interpol has officially requested China for details about its president, who is a Chinese national, after he disappeared while on a trip home, citing concerns for his well-being.

The global inter-police agency has used law enforcement channels to submit its request about the status of its missing president, Meng Hongwei, it said in a brief statement on Saturday.

It said that it “looks forward to an official response from China’s authorities to address concerns over the president’s well-being.’

China has not yet to responded.

Meng’s wife says she has not heard from him since he left Lyon, the city in central France where Interpol has its headquarters, in September.

France has begun its own investigation, with the French authorities saying that he had boarded a plane and arrived in China, but that his subsequent whereabouts is unknown.

Meng, 64, is also a vice minister for public security in China.

Media reports in China suggest Meng may have been the latest target of a campaign against corruption in China, after he was “taken away” for questioning by what it said were “discipline authorities,” usually meaning being investigated for graft and political disloyalty.

However, Interpol says his absence has little operational effect because the Interpol’s Secretary General is responsible for its day-to-day running.

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