France is investigating the disappearance of the head of the Interpol

France is investigating the disappearance of the head of the Interpol

Interpol says it's aware of reports that President Meng Hongwei has been reported missing while making a trip to his native China.

The head of worldwide policing agency Interpol went missing during a trip to his native China last week.

The head of Interpol went missing last month, after leaving France for China.

Mr Meng, who was formerly China's vice minister for public security and a head of Interpol China, was elected president of Interpol in November 2016.

France launched its own investigation on Friday morning, according to the judicial official, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly and asked for anonymity. Interpol's day-to-day operations are overseen by its secretary-general.

He was previously the vice minister of public security in China.

A French official said Mr Meng did arrive in China. In Beijing, the foreign and public security ministries did not immediately respond to calls and faxed requests for comment Friday.

"President Xi Jinping's increasingly authoritarian rule has seen thousands of officials caught up in anti-corruption purges".

Beijing has in the past pressed other countries to arrest and deport back to China citizens it accuses of crimes including corruption and terrorism.

While Meng was in charge, China has submitted "red notices" for dissident business executives and figures like the German national Dolkun Isa, the head of the Munich-based World Uighur Congress that represents the Uighur minority in far western China.

The newspaper said that upon landing a week ago, Meng was "taken away" for questioning by what it said were "discipline authorities". Mr Xi has waged a campaign against corruption and has sought the return of suspected officials and businesspeople who fled overseas.

Interpol staff can carry special passports to help speed deployment in emergency situations but that would not have given Meng any specific rights or immunity in his home country.

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