Interpol Chief Detained in China, Resigns From Post

Grace Meng told journalists that she thought the knife emoji meant her husband was in danger

Meng Hongwei, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua, was the first Chinese official to become president of Interpol, which is based in Lyon.

The National Supervisory Commission, which handles corruption cases involving public servants, broke the official silence early Monday, saying in a one-line statement that Meng "is now under investigation on suspicion of violating the law".

Mr Meng's wife Grace, who remains in France, has been placed under police protection after receiving threats.

Vice President Kim Jong-yang will take over as acting president until a election can be held at Interpol's next general assembly in November 2018, the statement said.

She said she has had no further contact with him since the message was sent on September 25.

However she claims to have not heard from him since, adding that she does not know what happened to him.

Previously, Interpol had said that reports about Meng's disappearance were "a matter for the relevant authorities in both France and China".

The disciplinary organ of China's ruling Communist Party says the head of Interpol, a senior Chinese official, is under investigation on suspicion of unspecified legal violations.

Meng's disappearance was originally reported by his wife, who told French police in the city of Lyon she had not heard from him since he travelled to China.

During Meng's tenure, Interpol issued a red notice for fugitive Chinese billionaire real estate tycoon Guo Wengui, who threatened to reveal corruption at the country's highest levels.

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Some of them might have been pursued by Chinese authorities under Meng's watch as vice minister for public security.

It was unclear how Meng, the first Chinese national to lead Interpol, could have fallen foul of the Chinese authorities.

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

Otherwise, she (and the world) might still be in the dark about her husband's whereabouts.

She said she was taking the unusual step of speaking out because she felt a greater responsibility.

Interpol still hasn't confirmed whether or not he was visiting China on agency business.

French prosecutors said on Friday they had launched an investigation.

Ms Meng said her husband had traveled back to China for work, after a visit to the Nordics, saying: "His job is very busy.we connected every day".

He has also used a popular and wide-ranging anti-corruption campaign to boost supervision of the party and as a powerful weapon with which to purge his political opponents.

He appointed Meng vice security minister in 2004. Meng, a member of the Communist Party, worked with former security chief and Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang, who is now serving a life sentence for corruption.

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