French investigate whereabouts of Interpol chief after wife reports him missing

Interpol chief missing France launches an investigation- media

Interpol chief missing France launches an investigation- media

French police have opened an investigation after the wife of the director of Interpol, Meng Hongwei, said she had not heard from her husband since he travelled home to his native China last week, according to police sources.

"He did not disappear in France", a source close to the French inquiry told AFP news agency.

The official said Meng did arrive in China.

Meng, 64, was elected to run Interpol, an global police cooperation organization in 2016.

The head of Interpol has been reported missing, a French judicial official has said.

In China, he holds the post of deputy minister of public security - now the highest point of a 45-year-long political career.

Meng Hongwei at the 2017 Interpol World congress in Singapore. He was due to serve until 2020.

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

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

"Interpol's General Secretariat headquarters will not comment further".

Rights groups have previously expressed concern Beijing might try to use Mr Meng's position at the body to go after dissidents overseas.

Interpol said it was aware of reports in connection with Meng's "alleged disappearance".

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