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Hongwei (born November 1953) is a Chinese
politician who was the president of
from 2016 to 2018. He also served as vice-minister of
Public Security in
China from 2004
to 2018. Meng purportedly resigned in absentia in October 2018 via Chinese
after he was arrested and accused of taking bribes by Chinese anti-corruption
His arrest and detention and the apparent lack of
process raised questions about the Chinese government's law enforcement
He has 40 years of experience in criminal justice and policing. He served as Vice-Minister of Public Security from 2004 until his arrest in 2018. He served as Director of the Maritime Police Bureau and Deputy Director of China's State Oceanic Administration from 2013 until 2017. In April 2018, without explanation, he was relieved of his membership of the Communist Party committee at the Ministry of Public Security. It was unclear whether this was due to his declining political fortunes or due to his age.
In 2004, Meng became the head of Interpol's China branch.
He was elected as President of Interpol on 10 November 2016, becoming the first Chinese head of the agency. His election was viewed as a success for China's ambitions to gain influence within international organisations. Dissidents feared that China would use Meng to track exiled opponents. During his presidency, the Chinese government submitted extensive lists of officials and business people wanted for questioning on allegations of corruption, which critics claimed were politically motivated. His term as president was due to last until 2020, but he resigned in October 2018 after being detained by Chinese authorities.
Meng left France on 20 September 2018, and landed in China on a flight from Stockholm on 25 September. The same day Meng sent his wife Grace an emoji of a knife, suggesting that he was in danger. The South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong newspaper, reported that Meng had been taken away for questioning by "discipline authorities" on his arrival in China. French newspaper Le Parisien added that he was under investigation in China, suspected of favouring a company in a cybersecurity procurement.
On 4 October, Mrs. Meng reported her husband missing to the French police. She was given police protection after being threatened by phone and Internet. Mrs. Meng is now an asylum-seeker in France.
Interpol also received Meng's letter of resignation, with immediate effect, and said the organisation's acting senior vice president, Kim Jong Yang of South Korea, would be acting president until a permanent replacement was elected at a meeting in Dubai in November 2018. Interpol's press release did not mention whether Meng had resigned under duress. Grace Meng has threatened Interpol with legal action over its lack of investigation into the authenticity of the resignation.
-- 2018 --
November 21: Russia Interpol bid: Prokopchuk critics raise concerns
Alexander Prokopchuk, a veteran of the country's interior ministry, is favourite to be elected president at a meeting of Interpol's annual congress.
He is currently one of four vice-presidents of Interpol.
The election follows the disappearance of Interpol's former president Meng Hongwei in September.
China has since confirmed he has been detained and is being investigated for allegedly taking bribes.
-- 2019 --
March 27: Meng Hongwei, who was the president of Interpol when he was reported missing in China last fall, has been expelled from the Communist Party of China and will be prosecuted on bribery charges.
Meng's case drew international headlines last fall. Meng, one of the world's top law enforcement officials, suddenly lost contact with his family during a trip to China from Lyon, France, where he had been living with his family near Interpol's headquarters.
Meng's wife reported him missing; she later received an alarming text on her phone showing a knife emoji. Interpol also sought answers and eventually received notice that Meng had resigned midway through his four-year term. Soon afterward, Chinese officials said they had detained Meng on suspicion of bribery.
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