|President of Interpol|
10 November 2016 –7 October 2018
|Preceded by||Mireille Ballestrazzi|
|Succeeded by||Kim Jong Yang|
|Vice-Minister of Public Security of China|
10 April 2004 –7 October 2018
|Minister|| Zhou Yongkang |
|Premier|| Wen Jiabao |
|Deputy Director of the State Oceanic Administration of China|
18 March 2013 –8 December 2017
|Director|| Liu Cigui |
|Director of the China Coast Guard|
18 March 2013 –8 December 2017
|Preceded by||Position created|
|Born||November 1953 (age 65)|
Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
|Political party||Communist Party of China (until April 2018)|
|Residence|| Beijing |
|Alma mater|| Peking University and |
Central South University
|Occupation||Politician, police officer|
Meng Hongwei (simplified Chinese :孟宏伟; traditional Chinese :孟宏偉; pinyin :Mèng Hóngwěi; born November 1953) is a Chinese politician who was the president of Interpol from 2016 to 2018. He also served as vice-minister of Public Security in China from 2004 to 2018. Meng purportedly resigned in absentia in October 2018 via Chinese officials after he was detained and accused of taking bribes by Chinese anti-corruption authorities. His arrest and detention and the apparent lack of due process raised questions about the Chinese government's law enforcement tactics.
Meng was born in Harbin, Heilongjiang, in 1953.He entered the workforce in 1972 and joined the Chinese Communist Party in 1975. He graduated from Peking University with a Bachelor's degree in law and obtained a Master's degree from Central South University.
He has 40 years of experience in criminal justice and policing.He served as Vice-Minister of Public Security from 2004 until his arrest in 2018. He served as Director of the Maritime Police Bureau and Deputy Director of China's State Oceanic Administration from 2013 until 2017. In April 2018, without explanation, he was relieved of his membership of the Communist Party committee at the Ministry of Public Security. It was unclear whether this was due to his declining political fortunes or due to his age.
In 2004, Meng became the head of Interpol's China branch.
He was elected as President of Interpol on 10 November 2016,becoming the first Chinese head of the agency. His election was viewed as a success for China's ambitions to gain influence within international organisations. Dissidents feared that China would use Meng to track exiled opponents. During his presidency, the Chinese government submitted extensive lists of officials and business people wanted for questioning on allegations of corruption, which critics claimed were politically motivated. His term as president was due to last until 2020, but he resigned in October 2018 after being detained by Chinese authorities.
Meng left France on 20 September 2018, and landed in China on a flight from Stockholm on 25 September.The same day Meng sent his wife Grace an emoji of a knife, suggesting that he was in danger. On 4 October, she reported him missing to the French police. She was given police protection after being threatened by phone and Internet.
The South China Morning Post , a Hong Kong newspaper, reported that Meng had been taken away for questioning by "discipline authorities" on his arrival in China.French newspaper Le Parisien added that he was under investigation in China, suspected of favouring a company in a cybersecurity procurement.
On 6 October, Interpol officially demanded to know Meng's status from the Chinese government.The next day, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection announced that Meng was being investigated by the National Supervisory Commission, an anti-corruption agency, for allegedly taking bribes, and that a task force would be set up to pursue his alleged associates. Meng was also accused of "willfulness", which public administration expert Zhu Lijia said might indicate that he "may not have strictly toed the party lines".
Interpol also received Meng's letter of resignation, with immediate effect, and said the organisation's acting senior vice president, Kim Jong Yang of South Korea, would be acting president until a permanent replacement was elected at a meeting in Dubai in November 2018.Interpol's press release did not mention whether Meng had resigned under duress. Grace Meng has threatened Interpol with legal action over its lack of investigation into the authenticity of the resignation.
On 26 October, Meng was removed from the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, China's top political advisory body.
|Positions in intergovernmental organisations|
| President of Interpol |
Kim Jong Yang