Interpol president reportedly missing in China; French police investigating

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French police are investigating the disappearance of the president of Interpol during a trip to China, authorities said.

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

“He left Lyon for China last week.”

PHOTO: Interpol President Meng Hongwei poses during a visit to the headquarters of International Police Organisation in Lyon, France, May 8, 2018.Reuters
Interpol President Meng Hongwei poses during a visit to the headquarters of International Police Organisation in Lyon, France, May 8, 2018.

Chinese politician Meng Hongwei was first reported missing by his wife after traveling to China. He is not believed to have disappeared in France, where the International Criminal Police Organization is based, according to French media, quoting authorities in France.

Interpol, which coordinates worldwide policing efforts, says it is aware of media reports in connection with Hongwei’s disappearance.

In a statement, the organization said: “This is a matter for the relevant authorities in France and China. The Secretary General is the Organization’s full time official responsible for the day to day running of Interpol.”

PHOTO: The entrance hall of Interpols headquarters in Lyon, France.Laurent Cipriani/AP
The entrance hall of Interpol’s headquarters in Lyon, France.

Hongwei, 64, was elected president of Interpol in November 2016. His term is due to run until 2020.

He is a senior Communist Party official in China and has formerly served as the deputy head of public security.

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