Interpol chief Meng Hongwei under investigation, China says

Interpol chief Meng Hongwei under investigation, China says

Meng, a senior security official in China as well as the first Chinese head of Interpol, has been missing since September 25 while on a trip to his native country.

Meng has resigned "with immediate effect" and Senior Vice President Kim Jong Yang of South Korea has become acting president, Interpol said in a statement. It did not say why. However, a watchdog for China's ruling Communist Party said in a brief statement on its website that Meng was "suspected of violating the law and is now under the monitoring and investigation" of China's new anti-corruption body, the National Supervision Commission. She said the knife was his way to tell her that he was in danger.

That day, she said he sent a message telling her to "wait for my call", before sending the emoji signifying danger.

She said: "As long as I can't see my husband in front of me, speaking to me, I can't have any confidence".

Grace Meng wouldn't speculate on Sunday on what might have happened to him.

The 36-year-old took to China's Twitter-like Weibo to acknowledge her wrongs, beg for her supporters" forgiveness, and apologise to "society, the friends who care about me, the public and the national tax authorities'.

In statement posted to Twitter on Saturday, Interpol Secretary General Jurgen Stock said, "Interpol has requested through official law enforcement channels clarification from China's authorities on the status of Interpol President Meng Hongwei".

Mrs Meng said she has had no further contact with her husband since she received the knife image on 25 September.

"This is the last, last message from my husband", she said.

Grace Meng asked journalists not to show her face as feared for her own safety and the safety of her two children.

'His job is very busy, ' she said.

In fact, according to the Times, Meng's presidency had alarmed some human rights groups at the time he was appointed, as they anxious he would use Interpol resources to help China go after dissidents overseas.

Before he shared the knife image, she sent him a photo of two animal figurines, one of a bear and another of a horse, meant to represent their two children; one of them loves horses, she said, and the other "looks like the bear".

The unusual case erupted into public view on Friday, when French authorities announced a search for the Chinese national after his wife Grace, who is living in France, reported him missing to local police.

Interpol, or the International Criminal Police Organization, assists police in its 192 member countries to work together on matters of international crime. Only at the behest of a country does the information go public via a "red notice, the closest thing to an global arrest warrant".

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