08 October, 2018
Police in Lyon, France - where Interpol is based - were alerted to Meng's seeming disappearance by his wife, who said she became anxious when he fell out of touch after leaving for a trip to China, according to Le Parisien.
A person familiar with the investigation into the disappearance said the initial working assumption of Western investigators was that Meng had antagonised Chinese authorities in some way and had been detained as a result.
PHOTO: The entrance hall of Interpol's headquarters in Lyon, France.
Reports from April said Meng had been relieved of his position as a member of the party committee at the Ministry of Public Security, with no explanation given.
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It was opened after Meng's wife went to police to report her husband missing.
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The 64-year-old official was "taken away" for questioning by discipline authorities "as soon as he landed in China" last week, the source was quoted as saying. It added the organisation's secretary general Juergen Stock, not Meng, was responsible for the day-to-day running of Interpol.
Roderic Broadhurst, a professor of criminology at Australian National University, said Meng's disappearance would be "pretty disconcerting" for people in global bodies that work with China, and could ultimately damage China's efforts to develop cooperative legal assistance measures with other countries. President of Interpol, Meng Hongwei was two years ago, prior to that, he was chief of the Central office structure in China.
Meng has a shiny curriculum vita, having held down various positions within China's security establishment, including as a vice minister of public security - the national police force - since 2004.
Meng was appointed in 2016 as the head of Interpol - an worldwide police agency. Beijing has in the past pressed countries to arrest and deport to China citizens it accuses of crimes, from corruption to terrorism.
Such actions would be contrary to Interpol's mission statement: "Action is taken within the limits of existing laws in different countries and in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights".
Recall, October 5, the French police began investigating the disappearance of the President of the Interpol man Humvee.