The Head of Interpol Is Missing After a Trip to China

MOSCOW RUSSIA ? JULY 6 2018 Interpol President Meng Hongwei at an International Cybersecurity Congress at Moscow's World Trade Centre. Mikhail Metzel  TASS

Interpol's headquarters are in Lyon, in central France. According to the BBC, after two days of not hearing from her husband, Meng's wife notified police in Lyon, where the couple live with their children.

The Hong-Kong based South China Morning Post newspaper reported that Meng was under investigation in China. In Beijing, the foreign and public security ministries did not immediately respond to calls and faxed requests for comment Friday.

China past year also requested multiple Interpol red notices seeking the arrest of Guo Wengui, a dissident billionaire who had fled to NY while claiming he possessed explosive secrets about the Communist Party leadership.

French police opened a probe Friday into the week-long disappearance of Interpol's president.

"Interpol is aware of media reports in connection with the alleged disappearance of Interpol President Meng Hongwei". The official said Meng did arrive in China.

"It's a price that might have to be paid, but I guess they would see that as a cost worth bearing", Broadhurst said.

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He was the first Chinese leader of Interpol, although the agency does not have agents of its own with powers of arrest.

He earlier served as the vice-minister of public security in China as well as the vice-chairman of the National Narcotics Control Commission and director of the National Counter-Terrorism Office for China, according to the Interpol website.

Interpol staff can carry special passports to help speed deployment in emergency situations but that would not have given Meng any specific rights or immunity in his home country.

Meng was elected president of Interpol in November 2016.

An Interpol spokesman says the worldwide law enforcement agency is aware of the Post's story, but would not comment on it or say if Chinese authorities had detained the 64-year-old Meng.

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