The Chinese government confirmed Sunday that it is holding Interpol President Meng Hongwei as it investigates him on “suspicion of violating the law” and “under the supervision” of an anticorruption watchdog tied to the Chinese Communist Party.
The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection posted the announcement online, but has provided no other information regarding Hongwei’s detainment or on what charges he is suspected.
A French judicial official said last week that Hongwei, who also serves as vice-minister of the Chinese Ministry of Public Security, went missing while visiting his native country on Thursday.
The New York Times reports that Interpol demanded answers from the Chinese government Saturday, adding that the agency “looks forward to an official response from China’s authorities to address concerns over the president’s well-being.”
Meng’s wife, Grace Meng, told reporters in Lyon, France, earlier Sunday that her husband vanished while in China and sent her an emoticon of a knife, which Grace said indicated he was at risk.
Grace Meng has said she has not heard from her husband since he left Lyon, where they had been living and Interpol is headquartered, in September.
Interpol said in a statement Sunday that it had received Meng’s resignation as president.