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French investigate wherabouts of Interpol chief after wife reports him missing

French investigate wherabouts of Interpol chief after wife reports him missing

The probe was launched after Meng's wife reported his disappearance to police in Lyon, France's second largest city and where the agency is headquartered.

"This is a matter for the relevant authorities in both France and China", the agency said in a statement.

The New York Times reported that when Meng was named president of Interpol in 2016, human rights groups voiced concerns that the Chinese government might use his position to pursue dissidents overseas.

When Meng was elected in 2016 as Interpol president, rights groups expressed concern that he would pursue an agenda of politicized policing that targeted Xi's opponents.

Rights groups previously said that Beijing could use Meng's position to arrest and deport its critics overseas.

Prior to that, he had served as Deputy Minister of Public Security of China, and also headed the National Central Bureau of Interpol in the PRC.

Chinese politician Meng Hongwei was first reported missing by his wife after traveling to China.

The South China Morning Post reported Friday that Meng Hongwei was placed under investigation in his native China as soon as he arrived in the country last week.

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Meng's duties in China would have put him in close proximity to former leaders, some of whom had fallen afoul of President Xi Jinping's sweeping crackdown on corruption.

An Interpol spokesman says the global 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.

Meng's wife, who has remained in Lyon with their children according to police sources, was receiving protection, it said, adding: "Exchanges with Chinese authorities continue".

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

Reuters was not immediately able to reach China's Ministry of Public Security for comment.

A spokeswoman for Interpol refused to tell CNN if Mr Meng was on official business in China when he was last heard from.

The organisation's secretary general, not Meng, was responsible for the day-to-day running of Interpol, it said.


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