Interpol urges China to clarify status of missing president

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International police agency Interpol has urged China to clarify the status of its president, Meng Hongwei, who has gone missing on a visit to the country.

The agency said it was concerned about the well-being of its president.

His family, have not heard from him since he left Interpol HQ in the French city of Lyon on 25 September. China has made no official comment.

The South China Morning Post, quotes a source as saying Mr Meng, 64, was “taken away” for questioning in China.

It is not clear why he was being investigated by “discipline authorities” or where he was being held, the Hong Kong-based newspaper adds.

Earlier this week, actress Fan Bingbing, who disappeared in China in July, emerged with a public apology and a fine of 883 million yuan ($129m; £98.9m) for tax evasion and other offences.

Carried on the Interpol website and quoting secretary-general Juergen Stock, it says: “Interpol has requested through official law enforcement channels clarification from China’s authorities on the status of President Meng Hongwei.

“Interpol’s General Secretariat looks forward to an official response from China’s authorities to address concerns over the president’s well-being.”

Mr Stock oversees the day-to-day work of the 192-member organisation, with the role of the president largely ceremonial.

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

However, it does not have the power to send officers into countries to arrest individuals or issue arrest warrants.

Interpol had earlier said Mr Meng’s case was “for the relevant authorities in both France and China”. France has opened an investigation.

 

 

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