The head of Interpol Meng Hongwei has been reported missing by his wife.

Mr Meng was last seen leaving for China from the headquarters of Interpol in Lyon, Southeast France in late September.

It is very unusual and out of character for MR Meng to go missing.

His wife has not heard or seen from him since.

On Friday, French police announced they are leading investigations to find him.

“He did not disappear in France,” a source close to the inquiry said.

European officials reported that he left the country on 29 September.

Interpol is a worldwide function that enables police forces across the world to communicate wanted suspects enabling worldwide communications.

INTERPOL’s current President is Mr Meng Hongwei, elected at the 85th session of the INTERPOL General Assembly held in Bali in November 2016. Mr Meng, of Chinese nationality, will serve as President until 2020.

Vice Minister of Public Security in China, Mr Meng has almost 40 years’ experience in criminal justice and policing, having overseen affairs related to legal institutions, narcotics control, counter-terrorism, border control, immigration and international cooperation.

Mr Meng has held several positions in the Ministry of Public Security including Director of the Patrol Police Division, Director-General of the Traffic Control Department, Assistant Minister, and Vice Minister.

He has also served as Vice Chairman of the National Narcotics Control Commission, Director of the National Counter-Terrorism Office, and Member of the Chinese Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Regional Counter-Terrorism Structure. He also serves as Director-General of the China Coast Guard.

Holding a Bachelor’s degree in law, Mr Meng is Head of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau of China.

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