Interpol president Meng Hongwei resigns after China confirms detention

Beijing: China on Sunday night confirmed that the missing Interpol President, Meng Hongwei, was under investigation on ‘suspicion of violating the law’ and was under the “supervision of nation”. The missing police chief, thereafter, has reportedly tendered his resignation.

Hongwei was detained by Supervisory Commission – the highest Chinese anti-corruption agency which handles corruption including public servants.

A day earlier, the international agency had requested the status of their missing president from Chinese authorities through official law enforcement channels saying,“ Interpol was concerned about the well-being of its president”.

Interpol announces Hongwei’s resignation

In a media statement released by Interpol General Secretariat on the resignation of Meng Hongwei, they stated: “Today on Sunday, October 7, the Interpol General Secretariat in Lyon, France received the resignation of Mr. Meng Hongwei as president of Interpol with immediate effect”.

Image of a knife

  • Former Interpol president’s wife Grace Meng said his husband sent an image of a knife on September 25, before he disappeared for the trip to his homeland.
  • Grace told reporters in Lyon, in her first public comment on the issue without showing her face, she thought that Knife’s image was the way of her husband to inform her that he is in danger.
  • Meng Hongwei is the latest high-profile detention in China. Earlier, A-class celebrities, government officials and even billionaires have been detained by Chinese anti-corruption agency.

After the resignation of Meng Hongwei, Kim Jong Yang of South Korea, the senior vice-president serving on Interpol committee, becomes the acting president for two years, under the terms of Interpol’s constitution and internal regulations.

In 2004, Meng Hongwei became the head of Interpol’s China branch. On November 10, 2016, Meng was elected as President of Interpol. His election was a success for Chinese ambitions to gain legitimacy and leadership positions in international organizations.