Interpol's Chinese chief resigns

Grace Meng would not allow her face to be shown over fears for her safety

Mr Meng's duties in China would have put him in close proximity to many former leaders, some of whom had come into difficulty with President Xi Jinping's crackdown on corruption.

While Meng is head of the executive committee that oversees Interpol, the agency is run by Secretary General Juergen Stock. It did not say why.

Mr Meng, who is also China's vice-minister of public security, is one of a lengthening list of politicians, officials and celebrities to have fallen foul of...

French police had opened an investigation into Meng's disappearance last week, according to a source close to the inquiry.

China on Sunday confirmed that it was holding Interpol chief Meng Hongwei for investigation into possible criminal activity.

Meng Hongwei was reported missing on Friday after leaving France, where Interpol is based, last month.

Ms Meng said her husband had traveled back to China for work, after a visit to the Nordics, saying: "His job is very busy.we connected every day".

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On Saturday, quoting a source, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post had reported that Meng, the first Chinese head of the worldwide law enforcement agency headquartered in France, was "taken away" for questioning by discipline authorities "as soon as he landed in China" in the last week of September.

Grace Meng said she had not heard from her husband since September 25.

Speaking to reporters in France on Sunday, Meng's wife Grace said she had received a message from his phone containing a knife emoji before his disappearance.

"I'm pretty sure they would have expected an extraordinary response from the worldwide community before taking such a decision", Beijing-based political commentator Zhang Lifan said.

Interpol is based in Lyon.

According to Interpol's website, Meng has almost 40 years of experience in criminal justice and policing, and has overseen matters related to legal institutions, narcotics control and counterterrorism.

Meanwhile, Steve Tsang, director of SOAS China Institute in London, stated that due to Meng's stature, the call to detain him must have been taken by someone at the highest levels of the Chinese government.

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She has been placed under police protection, AFP reported citing the Interior Ministry, after receiving threats on social media and per telephone. "For the husband whom I deeply love, for my young children, for the people of my motherland, for all the wives and children, so that their husbands and fathers will no longer disappear".

"This is political ruin and fall!" she wrote in a text message to the AP.

Despite such statements, rights groups expressed concern that Mr Meng would help further China's agenda of attacking the government's political foes while neutralising criticism. Some of them might have been pursued by Chinese authorities under Meng's watch.

Early this year, China officially established the NSC, a new all-powerful anti-corruption agency that was written into the Chinese Constitution.

Ms Meng would not allow reporters to show her face, saying she feared for her own safety and the safety of her children.

She said they were in daily contact during his trip before he vanished in China.

Meng rose up the ranks of the country's domestic security apparatus when it was under the leadership of Zhou Yongkang, a rival to Xi and the highest-ranking official to be brought down on corruption charges.

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