Interpol chief Meng Hongwei under Chinese custody

The first Chinese head of Interpol, the international law enforcement agency, is under the custody of Chinese authoriteis. Though Chinese authorities are tighlipped on his whereabouts, official sources said that he is under `investigation’. However, no clue was provided what makes them to take into their custody.

China remained silent over his disappearance has deepening the mystery over the international police chief’s fate after reports said he was detained for questioning on arrival in his homeland. Meng Hongwei, 64, was last seen leaving for China on September29 from the Interpol headquarters in Lyon, southeast France.  Then his wife reported to French police stating he had gone missing.

Meng Hongwei  is also a vice-minister at China’s Ministry of Public Security, was “taken away” for questioning by discipline authorities “as soon as he landed in China” last week, according to the source. It is not yet clear why Meng is being investigated or exactly where he is being held. French police said earlier they had launched a search for Meng after being contacted by his wife, news agencies reported.

Interpol, which is based in Lyon, said it was aware of reports of Meng’s “alleged disappearance” and that the issue was a matter for the relevant authorities in France and China. A Chinese citizen, he is now residing in France.

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