Interpol demands China’s clarification over disappearance of missing police chief

Beijing: Following Chinese government’s silence on the disappearance of Interpol’s country ‘head’ – who has been missing from past 10 days – the agency on Sunday officially asked China to provide status report on the incident.

“Interpol has requested through official law enforcement channels clarification from China’s authorities on the status of Interpol President Meng Hongwei,” Jurgen Stock, the secretary-general of the international police body said in a statement.

“Interpol General Secretariat looks forward to an official response from China’s authorities to address concerns over the President’s well-being,” the statement further read.

Developments so far

  • Meng Hongwei,64, first Chinese head of the International Criminal Political Investigation (Interpol)has been missing since September 29. He was last seen leaving France to visit his home country China.
  • Beijing has remained silent over the mysterious disappearance of Meng Hongwei, who was last seen leaving for China in late September from the Interpol headquarters in Lyon, southeast France, a source close to the inquiry was quoted as saying in media reports.
  • As per reports, Hongwei’s wife told police that it’s been 10 days she has had any interaction with his husband and that she is being threatened through various social media and phone calls.

Chinese media suspects investigation

  • People have been known to disappear into the commission’s custody for weeks or even months without a word. It can be speculated that the Interpol president would be under investigation by National Supervisory Commission – which was established in March 2018 to supervise China’s public servants.
  • Detentions by National Supervisory Commission doesn’t require minimum permissions or any official procedure.
  • Additionally, Chinese local media reports have claimed that Meng is under investigation in China for unspecified reasons.

Meng Hongwei was elected as the first Chinese Interpol president in November 2016. His appointment also sparked concern about China extending its crackdown on dissidents abroad. He is due to serve until 2020. Interpol is the world’s largest agency facilitating police cooperation with 192 member countries.