Interpol president missing since visit to China

Interpol president missing since visit to China

The leader's wife reported his disappearance to French authorities on September 29.

The entrance hall of Interpol's headquarters in Lyon, central France.

Meng was last seen in France on September 29, police sources said. "Exchanges with Chinese authorities continue", the ministry added. "The people are arrested during a sojourn in China [.] and are then deprived of their liberty and interrogated for periods of times that can extend to months", Le Monde said.

In Beijing, the foreign and public security ministries did not immediately respond to calls and faxed requests for comment Friday.

"An investigation has been opened by French police about the disappearance of the Chinese president of Interpol", a French official told ABC News.

Hong Kong's South China Morning Post quoted an unnamed source as saying Meng had been taken for questioning as soon as he landed in China, but it also was not clear why.

Police are treating the case as a "worrying disappearance".

A report from Le Parisien translated by NPR said Meng's wife became anxious when he fell out of touch after arriving in China.

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Interpol has denied in the past that Meng would be able to abuse his power, as the day-to-day operations are overseen by the Interpol Secretary General Juergen Stock.

"It is freaky", Broadhurst said on Saturday, adding that China was likely to "brush off" any political damage that it would cause to Beijing's involvement in global bodies.

French paper Le Monde reported on Friday that this is not the first time a high-ranking Chinese official or businessmen living overseas has disappeared.

Meng has 40 years of experience in criminal justice and policing in China, notably in the fields of drugs, counter-terrorism and border control, according to Interpol.

As president, Meng leads the Executive Committee, which provides the overall guidance and direction to Interpol.

Before being elected head of Interpol in November 2016, Meng was vice minister of public security in China.

Mei Hongwei, a citizen of China.

Calls to an Interpol spokeswoman went unanswered.

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