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Interpol Chief Reported Missing After Trip to China


FILE - Interpol President Meng Hongwei walks toward the stage to address the Interpol World Congress in Singapore, July 4, 2017.

The top official at Interpol is reported to be missing and the international police organization says China and France are investigating his disappearance.

In a statement released Friday, Interpol said it would have no further comment on the disappearance of Chinese national Meng Hongwei.

Meng's wife, who lives in Lyon, where the international police organization has its headquarters, recently contacted French police after not hearing from her husband since he traveled to China in late September.

Meng, 64, a former Vice Minister of Public Security in China, was elected to head Interpol in November 2016 for a four-year term. He is the first Chinese national to hold the post.

According to Meng's bio on Interpol's website, he has almost 40 years of experience in criminal justice and policing, during which he dealt with issues related to legal institutions, narcotics control, counterterrorism, border control, immigration and international cooperation.