Inquiry by Interpol leader in China: "Beijing acted within the framework of its sovereignty"


Following the announcement of an investigation against Meng Hongwei, Vice Minister of Public Security of China and boss of Interpol, "suspected of violation of the law" and arrested in China, Beijing has been accused of "abduction" and illegal persecution of citizens working in international organizations. Sputnik sought the opinion of a specialist. The challenge of Meng Hongwei fits perfectly into the Chinese legal field, told Sputnik Andrey Karneiev, deputy director of the Institute of Asian and African countries in Lomonosov State University in Moscow, commenting on the situation around former Chinese Vice Minister of Public Security and Chief of Interpol.
"First, Meng Hongwei is a citizen of the People's Republic of China (PRC) who was arrested for investigation on the Chinese territory from where he arrived from France. Therefore, Beijing acted within the framework of its sovereignty, "continued the interlocutor of the agency.
He added that the launch of an investigation did not therefore require any endorsement from Interpol where the arrested citizen of the PRC was working.
"Moreover, judging from official reports, the charges against Meng Hongwei have nothing to do with his work as President of the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO)," said the expert. .
And to recall that the Central Committee of Disciplinary Inspection of the Chinese Communist Party had announced in a statement that Chinese Deputy Minister of Public Security Meng Hongwei was suspected of breaking the law.
"His post at Interpol was not even mentioned," concluded Sputnik's interlocutor.
Sunday evening, Beijing broke the silence on the disappearance of the leader of Interpol in China. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has declared that an investigation has been opened against Mr. Meng, "suspected of violation of the law". Later, Interpol announced that it had received the resignation of its president.
Previously, Le Parisien had written that Meng Hongwei, who disappeared after leaving France on September 29, was in China "under investigation" for "promoting a company in the framework of obtaining a cybersecurity market".