Missing Interpol chief Meng Hongwei detained in China

Interpol president Meng Hongwei reported missing after trip to China

Interpol chief Meng Hongwei vanishes on trip to China

Before being elected head of Interpol in November 2016, Meng was vice minister of public security in China, which critics say gave him control over the secret police.

Interpol is the world's largest agency facilitating police cooperation with 192 member countries.

Its statement said the agency "looks forward to an official response from China's authorities to address concerns over the president's well-being".

Mr Meng's wife put out a call on Friday, saying she hadn't heard from her husband since the end of September, the official said.

While Meng is listed on the website of China's Ministry of Public Security as a vice-minister, he lost his seat on its Communist Party Committee - its real decision-making body - in April, the Post reported.

Vice-Minister at China's Ministry of Public Security, Meng Hongwei is now under investigation in China, amidst the mystery surrounding his disappearance after his wife reported to the French police that he went missing.

The French authorities have launched an investigation into the disappearance Meng.

"It is weird", Broadhurst said Saturday, noting China most likely would "brush off" any political damage to Beijing's involvement in global bodies.

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Presidents of Interpol are seconded from their national administrations and remain in their home post while representing the worldwide policing body.

China's recently established National Supervisory Commission holds sweeping powers to investigate public servants, with few requirements for transparency. "Interpol's General Secretariat headquarters will not comment further".

Meng was appointed as the chief of Interpol in 2016 which also sparked controversy as it was alleged that China is extending its crackdown on people overseas.

Meng was appointed the head of Interpol in 2016. He likely dealt extensively with former security chief Zhou Yongkang, now serving a life sentence for corruption.

"France is puzzled about the situation of Interpol's president and concerned about the threats made to his wife", the ministry said.

Xi has placed a premium on getting officials and businesspeople accused of fraud and corruption to return from overseas, making Meng's position even more sensitive. But on Thursday, Chinese tax authorities spoke publicly about her disappearance public, ordering her and companies she represents to pay taxes and penalties totalling $180 million.

China's biggest star has not been seen in public for more than two months, and her disappearance is raising questions about the Chinese justice system.

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