China tight-lipped on disappeared Interpol chief

Interpol President Meng Hongwei walks toward the stage to deliver his opening address at the Interpol World congress. — AP

"Interpol's secretariat looks forward to an official response from China's authorities to address concerns over the President's well-being".

Paris - Interpol has officially asked Chinese authorities to provide information on the global police organization's missing president, Meng Hongwei.

French officials said that members of Meng's family have not heard from him since he departed from the French city of Lyon on September 25, according to a report from the BBC.

His disappearance was made public on Friday, when French authorities said they were opening an investigation to find out what happened to Meng, a Chinese national who served a lengthy term as the vice minister for public security.

French authorities say he boarded a plane and arrived in China but his subsequent whereabouts are unknown.

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.

Neither China's public security ministry nor its foreign ministry have replied to queries about the president.

Meng Hongwei's disappearance seems to fit in with a now familiar pattern among China's senior Communist Party officials.

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

But Interpol has, in the past, denied this, saying its head does not intervene in day-to-day operations, which are handled by secretary-general Juergen Stock who is German.

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In a statement, it said: 'This is a matter for the relevant authorities in both France and China'.

"He did not disappear in France", the source told AFP.

Meng was taken into custody immediately upon his arrival in China last week for questioning by authorities, the South China Morning Post reported, citing a source it didn't identify. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the party's secretive internal investigation agency, had no announcements on its website about Meng and couldn't be reached for comment.

In the past Beijing has pressed countries to arrest and deport to China citizens it accuses of crimes, from corruption to terrorism.

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

China, in the midst of a weeklong holiday, has yet to comment on the 64-year-old security official's disappearance.

China now has 44 outstanding red notices, mostly related to murder, intentional injury and drug smuggling, according to Interpol's web site.

Al Jazeera's Adrian Brow, reporting from Beijing, said China's silence is a "reflection of how sensitive this case is".

"Interpol is aware of media reports in connection with the alleged disappearance of Interpol President Meng Hongwei". Mr Meng's term is scheduled to run until 2020.

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