Interpol Chief Being Probed 'On Suspicion Of Violating The Law': China

MOSCOW RUSSIA ? JULY 6 2018 Interpol President Meng Hongwei at an International Cybersecurity Congress at Moscow's World Trade Centre. Mikhail Metzel  TASS

Meng Hongwei, who is also China's vice minister of public security, "is now under investigation on suspicion of violating the law", according to a statement on the website of the National Supervisory Commission, which handles corruption cases involving public servants.

Interpol, the Lyon-based worldwide police agency, said in a brief statement Saturday that it has asked China about the status of its 64-year-old leader.

The wife of Interpol's president, who has gone missing in China, has asked the worldwide community for help and thinks he's in danger after she received a suspicious message from him before his disappearance.

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.

China, in the midst of the Golden Week holiday, has yet to comment on the 64-year-old security official's disappearance.

The missing president of the police agency Interpol sent his wife an image of a knife immediately before he disappeared in China, which she believes was his way of saying that he was in danger.

Later, upon learning about the announcement from Chinese authorities, she told AFP that her husband's case will be under the watch of "international law and global public opinion", describing the situation as "political ruin".

She said he had sent her a message with a knife emoticon on her mobile phone signifying he was in danger.

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Interpol said Saturday it has made a formal request to China for information about the agency's missing president. Some of them might have been pursued by Chinese authorities under Meng's watch.

Meng is China's vice minister of public security as well as president of the International Criminal Police Organization.

Some critics of the effort - which has punished more than one million officials - say it also functions as a tool for Xi to eliminate his political rivals.

The update came after Beijing announced Meng Hongwei was under investigation in China.

The Associated Press reported that Meng Hongwei is a member of China's Communist Party and his various past jobs likely put him in close contact with Zhou Yongkang, a former Chinese security chief and fellow Communist Party member now serving a life sentence for corruption.

The organisation's secretary general, J├╝rgan Stock, has demanded a "clarification" from Beijing.

China now has 44 outstanding red notices, mostly related to murder, intentional injury and drug smuggling, according to Interpol's website.

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