Interpol is looking for their President in China

A French judicial official says the president of Interpol has been reported missing after travelling to China

WONG MAYE-E APA French judicial official says the president of Interpol has been reported missing after travelling to China

The president of Interpol, a former senior Chinese security official, has been reported missing after he travelled to his native country at the end of September, a French judicial official said.

Meng's wife contacted police in Lyon, the French city where the global police agency is based, after not hearing from him since September 25, and after receiving threats by phone and on social media, the ministry said.

According to Meng's bio on Interpol's website, he has nearly 40 years of experience in criminal justice and policing, during which he's dealt with issues related to legal institutions, narcotics control, counterterrorism, border control, immigration and global cooperation.

The International Criminal Police Organization, more commonly referred to as Interpol, is a France-based organization that links together international police forces and helps facilitate cooperation between them.

Meng's family lost touch with him after he traveled from France, where Interpol is based, to China a week ago.

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"Interpol is aware of media reports in connection with the alleged disappearance of Interpol President Meng Hongwei".

"This is a matter for the relevant authorities in both France and China", the agency said in a statement. Interpol headquarters are located in France's Lyon.

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not respond to a request for comment from reporters.

INTERPOL chief Meng Hongwei has been declared missing.

The newspaper said that upon landing last week Meng was "taken away" for questioning by what it said were "discipline authorities".

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However, the Chinese government has not said anything publicly yet about Meng's disappearance.

The Chinese clampdown on corruption, known as Operation Fox Hunt, has led to claims in some countries that Chinese law enforcement agents have been operating covertly on their soil without the approval or consent of local authorities.

During Meng's tenure, Interpol issued a red notice for fugitive Chinese billionaire real estate tycoon Guo Wengui, who threatened to reveal corruption at the country's highest levels.

The spouse of the Interpol president informed the police about his disappearance.

Critics suggested that Meng's election gave Beijing a chance to enlist more global help in tracking down alleged economic criminals, including corrupt officials, targeted by President Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign.

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China, in the midst of a weeklong holiday, offered no comment on the disappearance of Meng.

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