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Interpol president Meng Hongwei has been detained in China for questioning as part of an investigation against him, a media report said Saturday, a day after he was reported missing in his native country.

Global criminal police organization (Interpol) has asked China for clarification on the fate of their head of MENA Humvee.

Interpol in a statement on Friday said that it was aware of the reports of Mengs's "alleged disappearance" and the issue pertains to the relevant and concerned authorities in France and China.

His wife, who remained in France with their two children, reported her concerns to the police, who launched a probe. China has made no official comment.

The spouse of the Interpol president informed the police about his disappearance.

INTERPOL has urged China to clarify the status of its president, Meng Hongwei, who has gone missing.

It is not clear why he was being investigated by "discipline authorities" or where he was being held, the Hong Kong-based newspaper adds.

The newspaper said that upon landing last week Meng was "taken away" for questioning by what it said were "discipline authorities".

Presidents of Interpol are seconded from their national administrations and remain in their home post while representing the global policing body.

As president, he chairs Interpol's executive committee, elected by member states, and is in charge of ensuring that the organization complies with decisions of the committee and the annual general assembly.

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Meng, 64, a high ranking member of China's Communist Party, was elected as head of Interpol in 2016, replacing Mireille Ballestrazzi.

Meng was appointed as the chief of Interpol in 2016 which also sparked controversy as it was alleged that China is extending its crackdown on people overseas.

News of the investigation into Mr Meng's disappearance came during a week-long public holiday in China.

Meng was appointed the head of Interpol in 2016.

His duties in China would have put him in close proximity to former leaders, some who fell afoul of President Xi Jinping's sweeping anti-corruption campaign. His term runs until 2020.

In particular, Mr Meng probably dealt extensively with former security chief Zhou Yongkang, who is now serving a life sentence for corruption.

It's unclear if he was on official business in China.

The agency's secretary general Juergen Stock, who oversees day-to-day operations, said Saturday that it was seeking "clarification" on his whereabouts from Chinese authorities.

People have been known to disappear into the commission's custody for weeks or even months without a word.


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