Interpol president resigns after investigation by China

Marsha Scott
October 8, 2018

French police had opened an investigation into Meng's disappearance last week, according to a source close to the inquiry.

Interpol said the senior vice president of its executive committee, Kim Jong Yang of South Korea, would become acting president.

Making her first public comments on the mystery surrounding Meng Hongwei's whereabouts, Grace Meng told reporters in Lyon, France, she thinks the knife was her husband's way of trying to tell her he was in danger.

Speaking to reporters in France on Sunday, Meng's wife Grace said she had received a message from his phone containing a knife emoji before his disappearance.

"His job is very busy", she said.

China said on Monday that the president of Interpol, who went missing shortly after arrival in his home country, is under investigation for possible criminal activity, as Beijing broke its silence about his fate.

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

Asked if she believes he has been arrested, she said: "In China, what happened, I'm not sure".

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Grace Meng covered her face during the news conference because she feared for her safety, the Associated Press reported. "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". She said he was in China when he sent the image.

Interpol has said it is concerned about his apparent disappearance and has made inquiries with China.

Several high ranking Chinese officials, wealthy businessmen and celebrities have disappeared without explanation since Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, launched a sweeping anti-corruption campaign after coming to power in 2012.

He appointed Meng vice security minister in 2004.

She asked journalists not to show her face as feared for her own safety and the safety of her two children.

Xi, China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, has overseen a harsh crackdown on civil society that is aimed at squelching dissent and activism among lawyers and rights advocates.

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

Meng is China's vice minister of public security. The matter belongs to the global community. Only at the behest of a country does the information go public via a "red notice, the closest thing to an worldwide arrest warrant".

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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