AFP-Jiji BEIJING (AFP-Jiji) — Interpol demanded an official “clarification” from China on the whereabouts of its missing police chief Saturday, after reports said he was detained for questioning on arrival in his homeland.
Beijing has remained silent over the mysterious disappearance of Meng Hongwei, who was last seen leaving for China in late September from the Interpol headquarters in Lyon, southeast France, a source close to the enquiry told AFP.
His wife has since reported him missing.
“Interpol has requested through official law enforcement channels clarification from China’s authorities on the status of Interpol President Meng Hongwei,” Jurgen Stock, the secretary general of the international police body said in a statement.
“Interpol’s General Secretariat looks forward to an official response from China’s authorities to address concerns over the President’s well-being.”
It is the latest high-profile disappearance in China, where a number of top government officials, billionaire business magnates and even an A-list celebrity have vanished for weeks or months at a time.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry did not respond to a request for comment from AFP.
But news of his absence was swiftly followed by speculation that the 64-year-old Meng — who also serves as a vice minister of China’s Public Security Ministry — had been swept up in Beijing’s secretive anti-corruption campaign.