Meng Hongwei resigned as president of Interpol with immediate effect, according to the international police agency. The development came on Sunday shortly after China said Meng, who went missing 12 days ago, was under investigation for unspecified violations of Chinese law. According to reports, Meng was taken in for questioning by Chinese authorities and the reason for Meng’s questioning was unknown. The National Supervisory Commission, which handles corruption cases involving public servants, said in a statement that Meng “is currently under investigation on suspicion of violating the law.”
Earlier on Sunday, Meng Hongwei’s wife, Grace, said her husband sent her an image of a knife before he disappeared during a trip to their native China. Making her first public comments on the issue, Grace Meng told reporters that she thought the knife was her husband’s way of trying to tell her he was in danger. She said she has had no further contact with him since the message that was sent on September 25. Grace also said four minutes before Meng shared the image, he had sent a message saying: “Wait for my call.”
China had been tight-lipped about the fate of Meng Hongwei, who is also vice minister for public security since French officials disclosed on Friday that he had been reported missing after leaving France for China last month.