China detains Interpol chief on corruption charges

October 8, 2018

China has confirmed it is holding the missing head of Interpol, Meng Hongwei.

Beijing said he was under investigation by the country’s anti-corruption body for unspecified breaches of the law.

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 25 September.

Interpol said yesterday it had received his resignation from the presidency with immediate effect. China’s National Supervision Commission, which handles corruption cases involving public servants, said Meng was under investigation.

Meng is the latest high-profile disappearance in China, where a number of top government officials, billionaires and even an A-list celebrity have vanished in recent months.

In a statement on its Twitter account, Interpol said it had received the resignation with immediate effect. Under its terms it has appointed senior vice-president Kim Jong-yang of South Korea as acting president.