‘Missing’ Interpol CEO Reportedly Detained And Now Under Investigation
Interpol President Meng Hongwei was reportedly detained by Chinese authorities Sunday and is now under investigation, just days after his wife reported him missing after he returned to China from a trip.
Meng, who is also the vice minister of public security in China, “is suspected of violating the law and is currently under the monitoring and investigation” by China’s National Supervisory Commission, according to Chinese media.
Meng’s wife, Grace Meng, told reporters Sunday that she hadn’t heard from her husband since Sept. 25, and claims she was sent a picture of a knife emoji from his number. A few minutes later, she said he sent her a message saying “Wait for my call,” CBS reports. (RELATED: The President Of Interpol Is Missing In China)
Meng’s wife said she did not get a call from him and is worried about his safety.
“From now on, I have gone from sorrow and fear to the pursuit of truth, justice and responsibility toward history,” she said. “For the husband whom I deeply love, for my young children, for the people of my motherland, for all the wives and children’s husbands and fathers to no longer disappear.”
Interpol is based in France and French authorities previously said they were investigating what happened to Meng, and described his whereabouts as a “worrying disappearance.”
“If Meng Hongwei has disappeared in China, then of course the most likely reason is an anticorruption investigation,” Deng Yuwen, a former editor of a Communist Party journal told The New York Times, suggesting his disappearance ahead of a criminal investigation is not uncommon in China.
Interpol has made a formal request to China for more information on Meng’s status.
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