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Interpol says Chinese official reported missing has resigned as agency's president amid Beijing probe

Last Updated Oct 7, 2018 at 5:03 pm PST

FILE - In this July 4, 2017 file photo, Interpol President, Meng Hongwei, walks toward the stage to deliver his opening address at the Interpol World congress in Singapore. A French judicial official says Friday Oct.5, 2018 the president of Interpol has been reported missing after traveling to China. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)
Summary

The party’s watchdog for graft and political disloyalty said Interpol's Meng Hongwei is under investigation

Meng's wife says he sent an image of knife that day, she thinks as a warning he was in danger

LYON, France — Interpol says the Chinese official reported missing has resigned as the agency’s president amid Beijing probe.

The disciplinary organ of China’s ruling Communist Party says the head of Interpol is under investigation on suspicion of unspecified legal violations.

Interpol, which is based in Lyon, said Saturday it made a formal request to China for information about Meng.

The party’s watchdog for graft and political disloyalty said on its website late Sunday that Meng Hongwei, China’s vice minister of public security, is “suspected of violating the law and is currently under the monitoring and investigation” of China’s new anti-corruption body, the National Supervision Commission.

Meng’s wife told reporters in the French city of Lyon on Sunday she hasn’t heard from her husband since Sept. 25. She says he sent an image of knife that day, she thinks as a warning he was in danger.

Making her first public comments on the mystery surrounding Meng Hongwei’s whereabouts, Grace Meng told reporters in Lyon, France on Sunday she thinks the knife was her husband’s way of trying to tell her he was in danger.

She says she has had no further contact with him since the message that was sent on Sept. 25. She says four minutes before Meng shared the image, he had sent a message saying, “Wait for my call.”

She says she hasn’t heard from him since and does not know what happened to him.