Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Missing Interpol president’s last text was ominous picture of knife, wife says

Missing Interpol president’s last text was ominous picture of knife, wife says

Speaking Sunday, Grace Meng said her husband Meng Hongwei sent her an image of a knife at the end of last month and asked her to "wait for my call". He is "suspected of violating the law and is now under the monitoring and investigation" of China's new anti-corruption body, the National Supervision Commission, the party's watchdog for graft and political disloyalty said on its website.

The message from Meng at 12:26 on September 26 says "wait for my call".

The Lyon-based worldwide police agency said on Saturday it has used law enforcement channels to inquire with China about Meng's status.

"His job is very busy", she said.

Asked if she believed that he has been arrested, she said: "In China, what happened, I'm not sure".

Meng is a senior Chinese security official as well as president of the International Criminal Police Organisation.

China said Monday the president of Interpol, who went missing shortly after arrival in his home country, is under investigation for possible criminal activity, as Beijing broke its silence about his fate.

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The fact that news of his detention was released by Beijing's anti-corruption authority suggests Mr Meng has been caught up in the broad anti-corruption campaign ordered by President Xi Jinping, and which has already led to the disappearance of many senior figures, our correspondent adds.

Mrs. Meng showed reporters the message, on her mobile phone, during a press conference in Lyon, central France, Sunday Oct. 7, 2018, where Interpol is based.

After China admitted it had Meng in custody, the paper quoted Beijing-based political commentator Zhang Lifan, who said: "I guess something urgent must have happened". "We connected every day".

Interpol, which groups 192 countries and is usually focused on finding people who are missing or wanted, is run on a day-to-day basis by its secretary general, Juergen Stock.

Fearing her and her two children's safety, Grace Meng hid her face from reporters.

The agency "looks forward to an official response from China's authorities to address concerns over the president's well-being", the statement said.

South China Morning Post newspaper previously reported citing a source that the Interpol head was under the government investigation, claiming that he was "taken away" as soon as his plane landed in China.

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