Interpol president reported missing

French investigators have launched a probe into the "alarming" disappearance of Hongwei Meng, the Chinese president of Interpol, French media reported Friday.

In an extremely curious occurrence, French police are now busy searching for the Chinese president of Interpol after he was reported missing by his wife.

The statement specified that Interpol's secretary general, and not its president, is responsible for the global police agency's operations.

An unnamed French judicial official said Meng arrived in China at the end of September but added that there had been no news of him since.

Europe reported that he left the country on September 29.

There was no further word on Mr Meng's schedule in China or what prompted his wife to wait until now to report his absence. "The people are arrested during a sojourn in China [.] and are then deprived of their liberty and interrogated for periods of times that can extend to months", Le Monde said.

He was named chief of Interpol in 2016 and his term is due to run until 2020. Mr Meng, 64, is also China's deputy public security minister.

Meng Hongwei, the director of Interpol, is reportedly missing.

According to Interpol's website, in May he delivered a speech in Ireland in which he discussed the changing face of global crime and the need for Interpol to remain above political considerations.

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, a German.

Calls to an Interpol spokeswoman went unanswered.

  • Joey Payne