Interpol asks China for status of its missing president

Meng Hongwei head of Interpol declared missing

"Interpol has requested through official law enforcement channels clarification from China's authorities on the status of Interpol President Meng Hongwei", Interpol Secretary General Jurgen Stock said in a statement posted to Twitter.

Meng Hongwei, Interpol's president, boarded a plane and arrived in China, according to a French judicial official.

According to Meng's bio on Interpol's website, he has nearly 40 years of experience in criminal justice and policing, during which he's dealt with issues related to legal institutions, narcotics control, counterterrorism, border control, immigration and worldwide cooperation.

The Lyon-based worldwide police agency said Saturday that it used law enforcement channels to submit its request about Meng's status to Beijing, citing concerns about his well-being.

A former vice minister of public security in China, he is the first Chinese national to hold the post.

Mr Meng's family have not heard from him since he left Interpol HQ in the French city of Lyon on September 25.

Interpol said Saturday that it has requested notification from China of the status of its missing president. But on Thursday, Chinese tax authorities spoke publicly about her disappearance, ordering her and companies she represents to pay taxes and penalties totalling $130 million US.

About the missing official from China said his wife: he a week ago, flew home and never returned to France.Newspaper South China Morning Post writes citing its sources that he was detained for questioning.

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When Mr Meng was elected in 2016 as Interpol president, rights groups expressed concern that he would pursue an agenda of politicised policing that targeted Mr Xi's opponents.

The French police acted swiftly and launched a probe for Meng on Friday after being contacted by his wife.

Beijing has so far said nothing on Meng's case. China has made no official comment, the BBC reports.

People have been known to disappear into the commission's custody for weeks or even months without a word.

Interpol co-ordinates searches among its members, issuing yellow notices for missing persons and a red notice - an worldwide alert - for a wanted person.

Mr Meng likely dealt extensively with former security chief Zhou Yongkang, who is now serving a life sentence for corruption.

In the role Meng has been entrusted with a number of sensitive portfolios, including heading up the country's counter-terrorism division, which saw him in charge of the response to several major incidents in China's fractious western region of Xinjiang.

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