Interpol urges China to clarify status of missing president Meng Hongwei

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Interpol chief Meng Hongwei, who was reportedly missing from France since September 29, has been detained in China as part of an investigation for questioning, a media report claimed on Saturday.

Jurgen Stock said Interpol used official law enforcement channels to convey its message to the Chinese authorities and also asked them to address concerns over the well-being of Meng, Efe news reported. France has launched its own investigation.

Critics suggested that Meng's election gave Beijing a chance to enlist more global help in tracking down alleged economic criminals, including corrupt officials, targeted by President Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign.

Meng is listed on the website of China's Ministry of Public Security as a vice-minister, but lost his seat on its key Communist Party Committee in April, the South China Morning Post reported.

Meng's family has been placed under police protection following the "worrying disappearance", the ministry said.

Interpol is the International Criminal Police Organisation, driving international police co-operation.

Meng, 64, the first Chinese head of the worldwide law enforcement agency headquartered in France, was "taken away" for questioning by authorities "as soon as he landed in China" last week, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post quoted a source as saying.

China has recently rolled out stiff anti-corruption measures establishing National Supervisory Commission which has powers to investigate public servants.

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The statement noted that Interpol's secretary general, and not its president, is responsible for the worldwide police agency's operations.

Meng was appointed the head of Interpol in 2016.

Meng's appointment as president in 2016 - amid Chinese leader Xi Jinping's sweeping anti-corruption drive - alarmed some human rights organisations, fearful it would embolden China to strike out at dissidents and refugees overseas.

However, the Chinese government has not said anything publicly yet about Meng's disappearance.

His duties in China would have put him in close proximity to former leaders, some who had fallen afoul of Xi's campaign.

Meng, 64, had lived with his wife and two children in France since being elected Interpol president in 2016.

Xi has placed a premium on getting officials and businesspeople accused of fraud and corruption to return from overseas, making Meng's position even more sensitive.

The agency's secretary general Juergen Stock, who oversees day-to-day operations, said Saturday that it was seeking "clarification" on his whereabouts from Chinese authorities.

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