[Ed. – This doesn’t just happen. We haven’t been in Kansas for a long time now, but it appears even the familiar outlines of Oz are fading in the rearview mirror. On the face of it, sounds like part of the general Xi Jinping crackdown. Exit point: China should never have been given the presidency of Interpol. There is no such thing as independence or neutrality for a Chinese official.]
The president of Interpol, a former senior Chinese security official, has been reported missing after he traveled to his native country at the end of September, a French judicial official said Friday.
Meng Hongwei’s wife reported Friday that she had not heard from her 64-year-old husband since he left Lyon, France, where Interpol is based, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to provide details of an ongoing investigation.
The French official said Meng did arrive in China. There was no further word on Meng’s schedule in China or what prompted his wife to wait until now to report his absence.
In a statement, Interpol said it was aware of reports about Meng’s disappearance and added “this is a matter for the relevant authorities in both France and China.” The statement noted that Interpol’s secretary general, and not its president, is responsible for the international police agency’s operations. ..
Meng was elected president of Interpol in November 2016. His term runs until 2020.