Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Missing Interpol president sent wife image of knife before his disappearance

Missing Interpol president sent wife image of knife before his disappearance

Mr Meng, also a vice-minister of public security in China, was reported missing after travelling from the city of Lyon in France, where Interpol is based, to China on September 25.

When Mr Meng was named Interpol's president, human rights groups expressed concern that Beijing might try to leverage his position to pursue dissidents abroad.Beijing has in the past pressed countries to arrest and deport to China citizens it accuses of crimes, from corruption to terrorism.

Interpol later said Meng had resigned as president of the worldwide police organization with immediate effect. It did not say why.

His disappearance was disclosed by French officials on Friday but China had remained tight-lipped about his status until now.

However, a watchdog for China's ruling Communist Party said in a brief statement on its website that Meng was "suspected of violating the law and is now under the monitoring and investigation" of China's new anti-corruption body, the National Supervision Commission.

South Korean national Kim Jong Yang has been appointed acting president ahead of a new leadership election in November.

China's antigraft watchdog said on Sunday Interpol President Meng Hongwei, who had gone missing, is under investigation on suspicion of unspecified violations of the law.

Meng's wife said he had returned to China, where they are both from, to work and called on the worldwide community to find her husband.

On Saturday, Interpol formally requested China to notify the organisation of Meng's whereabouts.

The wife of missing Interpol president Meng Hongwei has said he sent her an image of a knife before he disappeared in China.

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The mystery deepened dramatically over the weekend, as Grace Meng told reporters in Lyon to say that her husband had sent her a knife emoji as a way of telling her he was in danger before he vanished.

Mr Hongwei's wife said she received a message from his phone containing an image of a knife before his disappearance.

She says she hasn't heard from him since and does not know what happened to him.

Meng Hongwei, president of Interpol, gives an address at the opening of the Interpol World Congress in Singapore on July 4, 2017.

Mr Meng's wife Grace, who remains in France, has been placed under police protection after receiving threats. He was elected to lead the worldwide police agency in 2016 and his term was not set to end until 2020.

Mrs. Meng was accompanied to her news conference at a Lyon hotel by two French police officers who were assigned to look after her.

Of the knife image, she said: "I think he means he is in danger".

She kept her back turned to the reporters at the press conference, and refused to be photographed out of fear for her safety.

'His job is very busy, ' she said. He was elected president of Interpol in 2016 and was due to serve until 2020, according to the organisation's website.

It adds that a "suitable police mechanism" was put in place to guarantee Grace Meng's safety, and that the prosecutor's office in Lyon has opened an investigation.

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