Beijing, October 7: Two days after reports emerged of Interpol President Meng Hongwei being "untraceable" in China, the ruling Chinese Communist Party on Sunday said the global police body chief is "under investigation" for violating a law, which they have not specified.
The party's watchdog for graft and political disloyalty said on its website that Hongwei, China's vice minister of public security, is "suspected of violating the law and is currently under the monitoring and investigation" of China's new anti-corruption body, the National Supervision Commission. Missing Interpol Chief Meng Hongwei Detained in China for Questioning: Reports.
Meanwhile, Hongwei's wife, who is based in French city Lyon, has appealed the Emmanuel Macron government to raise the matter with China. "My husband's life is under threat," she said, adding that he had last sent her an image of a knife, which signals trouble.
The French Interior Ministry has assured that the government would raise the issue at all relevant platforms and use diplomatic channels with China to safely bring back the Interpol chief.
Statement issued by the Interpol after Hongwei went missing:
Statement by INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock pic.twitter.com/bRXYjDMCsc
— INTERPOL (@INTERPOL_HQ) October 6, 2018
Hongwei, who is part of the Chinese government, has earlier held the key post of China Interpol President. He was elevated as the global head of Interpol in November 2016.
While the 64-year-old has been living in Lyon for the past couple of years, he has been occasionally visiting his native land in China.