Interpol has confirmed that its missing chief Meng Hongwei has resigned and Beijing said he was under investigation by the country’s anti-corruption body for unspecified breaches of the law. Meng has resigned “with immediate effect” and Senior vice-president Kim Jong-yang of South Korea has been appointed as acting president.
Statement by the INTERPOL General Secretariat on the resignation of
Meng Hongwei. pic.twitter.com/c2daKd9N39
— INTERPOL (@INTERPOL_HQ) October 7, 2018
Earlier on Sunday, Meng Hongwei’s wife, Grace, said her husband sent her an image of a knife before he went missing during a trip to China. While Beijing did not provide any further information about Meng’s detention, it is believed that such a high profile detentions would have had been carried out only after review at the highest level. Meng is also a Chinese deputy public security minister. As per South China Morning Post – the National Supervisory Commission did not mention if Meng was suspected of breaking any Communist Party rules, as the anti corruption agency usually also refers to about its probes.
Meng was appointed Interpol president in 2016 and was due to serve until 2020. He was made vice-minister of the national police in 2004 under the now disgraced Minister of Public Security Zhou Yongkang.