Interpol Says Chinese Chief Meng Hongwei Has Resigned

08 October, 2018, 11:48 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Meng under investigation: China breaks silence on Interpol director disappearance

The worldwide police organization's statement came shortly after China revealed that Meng was under investigation for unspecified crimes.

The president of Interpol resigned after being detained by a Chinese anticorruption watchdog, the organization announced Sunday. It did not say why.

It continued that Public Security Minister Zhao Kezhi had convened a midnight Communist Party committee at the ministry, which expressed "unanimous support" for the probe against Meng and pledged "absolute political loyalty" to President Xi Jinping and the party leadership.

Meng, 64, was reported missing last week by his wife in Lyon, France, where Interpol is based.

It was not until almost midnight on Sunday that China finally provided an explanation, releasing a one-sentence statement which said that Meng was under the "monitoring and investigation" of anti-corruption party investigators.

Earlier on Sunday, China said it was investigating Meng, who is also a vice minister for public security in China, for suspected violations of the law.

Minutes later, he sent his last message to her, an emoji of a knife, which she said she believed meant he was in danger.

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The confirmation came amid reports that Interpol has asked China about its missing president.

Meng's wife has said her husband sent her an image of a knife before he disappeared.

Grace Meng said she had not heard from her husband since September 25.

French media also reported that Mr Meng had recently sent her a mobile phone message featuring a knife image, as a way of showing her that he felt he was in danger.

The mystery of what happened to Mr Meng has now been cleared up: but the details of the charges weighing against him, and the fate that awaits him are as opaque as ever, says the BBC's Hugh Schofield in Paris.

Meng Hongwei, president of Interpol, giving a speech in 2017. He was elected head of Interpol in 2016.

She said he regularly traveled back and forth between Lyon and China for his job.

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"This matter belongs to the worldwide community", Grace Meng said. "For the husband whom I deeply love, for my young children, for the people of my motherland, for all the wives and children, so that their husbands and fathers will no longer disappear".

"This is the last, last message from my husband", she said.

The Chinese effort to track down corrupt officials overseas, known as Operation Fox Hunt, has led to claims in some countries that Chinese law enforcement agents have been operating covertly on their soil without the approval or consent of local authorities.

Zhou Yongkang, a former domestic security czar, was sentenced to life in 2015 for graft, and the head of counterintelligence, Ma Jian, was prosecuted two years later.

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It adds that a "suitable police mechanism" was put in place to guarantee Grace Meng's safety, and that the prosecutor's office in Lyon has opened an investigation.

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