Interpol chief Meng Hongwei under investigation, China says

Interpol chief Meng Hongwei under investigation, China says

His family had not heard from him since he left Interpol headquarters on 25 September.

China, in the midst of the Golden Week holiday, has yet to comment on the 64-year-old security official's disappearance.

The French ministry, however, said that they did not have any information regarding that.

French police had opened an investigation into Meng's disappearance last week, according to a source close to the inquiry.

She said he had travelled back to China for work, after a visit to the Nordics.

Speculation has mounted that Meng, who also serves as a vice minister of China's public security ministry, may have been swept up in a broad anti-corruption campaign led by President Xi Jinping.

"This matter belongs to the worldwide community", she told a press conference.

Meng Hongwei, who is also China's vice minister of public security, "is now under investigation on suspicion of violating the law", according to a statement on the website of the National Supervisory Commission, which handles corruption cases involving public servants.

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Asked if she believed that he has been arrested, she said: 'In China, what happened, I'm not sure'.

Mrs. Meng showed reporters the message, on her mobile phone, during a press conference in Lyon, central France, Sunday Oct. 7, 2018, where Interpol is based.

Following the appointment, critics suggested that Meng's appointment gave Beijing a chance to enlist more global help in tracking down alleged economic criminals, including corrupt officials, targeted by President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign.

Kim Jong Yang of South Korea will be the acting president of the worldwide criminal police organization until the new president is elected at a meeting in Dubai on 18-21 November, Interpol said.

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.

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.

Grace Meng wouldn't speculate Sunday on what might have happened to him.

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

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