The wife of former head Interpol Meng Hongwei, hired two law firms to help find her husband, whom no one has seen since he returned to his native China more than a month ago. Representatives of the Chinese side said that grace Hongwei refused offers to talk to her husband on the phone.
In early October, grace Hongwei reported that her husband was missing, in this regard, France launched an investigation into this fact. Official representatives of the Chinese authorities said that he is under investigation for bribery and other possible crimes. Interpol, based in the French city of Lyon, said that Maine resigned as President. It is reported by the Globe and Mail.
But from the man himself heard nothing but a message via WhatsApp on September 25 to his wife, which said:”Wait for my call.” “Since my husband disappeared, people from all over the world have been asking what they can do to help,” she said in an email statement,
“First of all, I call on everyone to Express their voice, asking China to respect basic human rights as well as our family,” she said. “His disappearance could only have been caused by political reasons.”
It is unclear where the 64-year-old Maine is, and Reuters representatives were unable to contact him for comment. It was also unclear whether he was allowed to retain legal representation.
Speaking in Beijing on Tuesday, Chinese foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said that China protects the legitimate rights of all Chinese citizens, no matter what situation they are in. “The Chinese authorities offered the wife of the former head of Interpol that if she wants to contact her husband by phone, it can be organized “at any time,” explained Lu.
“But Meng Hongwei’s wife, on the one hand, says she doesn’t know where he is, and on the other hand refuses to contact him by phone. Why? We do not know,” – said the representative of the foreign Ministry.
The French authorities said that Maine’s wife and their children were under the protection of the Lyon police after receiving threats.
Maine, Deputy Minister of public security of China, became President of Interpol at the end of 2016.