Interpol Chief Reported Missing After Trip to China

He left his home in Lyon, France, for a visit to his homeland, and then vanished - putting the International Criminal Police Organization, best known as Interpol, at the center of its own missing persons case.

The organisation's main function is to provide a mechanism for police forces in different countries to notify each other of wanted suspects.

The Post said Meng was listed on the website of China's Ministry of Public Security as a vice-minister, but added that he lost his seat on its Communist Party Committee, its real decision-making body, in April.

The French official said Mr Meng did arrive in China.

He was named president of Interpol in 2016.

Meng's appointment as president in 2016 - amid Chinese leader Xi Jinping's sweeping anti-corruption drive - alarmed some human rights organizations, fearful it would embolden China to strike out at dissidents and refugees overseas.

Mei Hongwei, a citizen of China.

"Interpol's General Secretariat headquarters will not comment further". Earlier, the French police launched an investigation into the disappearance of Hongwei after the statement of his wife.

Meng's official biography says he was born in 1953 in the northeastern city of Harbin and graduated with a degree in law from prestigious Peking University.

Hongwei, 64, was elected president of Interpol in November 2016. "This is a matter for the relevant authorities in both France and China", it said. He also referred to the global governance structure as "entering a period of change", saying that, "under such circumstances, I hope that we will adhere to our neutral and apolitical positions on major issues".

At the time, Amnesty International called Meng's appointment "at odds with Interpol's mandate to work in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights".

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Mr Xi has also placed a premium on obtaining the return of officials and businesspeople accused of fraud and corruption from overseas, making Mr Meng's position all the more sensitive.

The news site Caixin later said Yang was being investigated by Chinese authorities over his ties to the head of state-controlled Huarong Asset Management and had been detained in Cambodia.