Interpol chief Meng Hongwei vanishes on trip to China

Interpol chief missing France launches an investigation- media

Interpol President Meng Hongwei has been reported missing after leaving France for a trip to his native China, triggering a police investigation and search for the official, who hasn't been seen since September 29.

His family have not heard from him since he left Interpol HQ in the French city of Lyon for a trip back to China a week ago, police sources say. She said there had been no news of him since.

He's seen here during a the Interpol World Congress in Singapore last July.

Interpol said on Friday it was aware of reports of Meng's "alleged disappearance" and that the issue was a matter for the relevant authorities in France and China.

French national police and the French Interior Ministry declined to comment on the story.

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"He did not disappear in France", a source close to the investigation told Sky News.

Meng's term is set to run until 2020.

When he was elected, Meng was the first Chinese official to take the post, and it triggered a range of responses.

According to Interpol's website, Meng has almost 40 years' of experience in criminal justice and policing, and has held several senior positions in China including vice minister of public security.

Interpol's main function is to provide a mechanism for police forces in different countries to notify each other of wanted suspects. Rights groups had expressed concern at the time that Beijing might try to use Meng's position at the body to go after dissidents overseas. Meng was heading to his native China.

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