Interpol is faced with damaging allegations that it coexists with China after the arrest of the Chinese former head of the global crime prevention body.
Lawyers representing the family of Hongwei Meng and arrested by the Chinese authorities for alleged corruption in his home country have accused Interpol of violating his independence and political neutrality in relation to the case.
In particular, they claim that Interpol worked closely with Beijing on a media strategy after Mr. Mix.
They also accuse Interpol of violating the & # 39; fundamental rights & # 39; from Mr. Meng and his family according to international law.
Interpol & # 39; s former president Hongwei Meng at the Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France, in May 2018
The last WhatsApp message from Mr. Meng, sent on September 25, says: & # 39; Wait for my call & # 39 ;, at 12:26 pm and is then followed by a mesemoji four minutes later.
The allegations – made in a letter to the secretary-general of Interpol – increase the commitment after the controversial arrest of Mr. Meng during a visit to China at the end of September of the headquarters of Interpol in France.
He was missing for several days before the Chinese authorities confirmed that he had been detained for bribery allegations.
A letter of resignation, from Mr Meng, was later sent to Interpol with information about his decision to resign as president.
His wife Grace, who is hiding in France, has revealed that he sent her an SMS with a messenemoji on the day he was missing and that she & # 39; extremely & # 39; worried about his safety.
Her husband, whose whereabouts are unknown, is the latest high-profile target to be entangled in China's sweeping anti-corruption campaign.
A number of top Chinese government officials, billionaires and even a celebrity on the A-list have disappeared in recent months.
Mr. Blom's controversial position at Interpol was once seen as a prize for Beijing, but his arrest raised questions about who he might have hurt or what he could have done to be addressed as part of President Xi's anti-corruption struggle .
It is not clear whether he had his Interpol computer with him when he was being held and if so, whether he contained operational secrets of value for China.
Grace Meng, who does not want to be recognized, fears the safety of her husband when she consults her phone in the lobby of a hotel in Lyon
In a separate letter this week to the Chinese ambassador in France, lawyers who have taught Mr. Meng and his family asked about details of the accusations he encounters, the alleged evidence on which the accusations are based and the location of his detention.
In today's statement, Meng's wife told Mail Online: "My twin brothers celebrate their 8th birthday tomorrow without their father, Tomorrow is also the second anniversary of my husband's election as President of INTERPOL.I hope INTERPOL, and President Xi and Premier Li, respecting my family's rights and giving full answers to our letters from yesterday, I look forward to my family being reunited as soon as possible. & # 39;
Yesterday, a senior Interpol official said the rules forbid him to investigate Mr. Meng's fate, which served as Interpol president for almost two years before disappearing to China on a trip.
Jurgen Stock, Interpol's secretary general, said that he encouraged the Chinese authorities to provide information about the location and legal status of Mr Meng, but he can do nothing more.
& # 39; We are a rules-based organization. That is very important to understand, "Mr Stock said, adding that the role of Interpol & # 39; is not to rule the member states & # 39;
& # 39; There is no doubt that this is a very regrettable situation. But on the other hand, we have to take care of daily operations … keep going, & # 39; he went on.
Confirmation of Mr. Meng's arrest last month, the Chinese public security ministry said the probe was "correct, wise and shows the determination of [President Xi]his administration to continue his anti-corruption drive. & # 39;
Then China & # 39; s Deputy Minister for Public Security, Mr. Meng conducts a campaign speech during the 85th session of the Interpol General Assembly, in November 2016, in Bali, Indonesia
Interpol is the global police station that coordinates between police forces around the world, including searches for missing and wanted people.
The general secretariat oversees the daily work of the 192-member organization, with the role of the president largely ceremonial.
After confirmation of his arrest last month, Interpol urged China to clarify Mr. Meng's status, because he was worried about the welfare of his president. No word has been heard from him about the accusations he encounters.
Mr. Meng, 64, drove through the ranks of China's dreaded public security system before being caught himself on President Xi Jinping's no-holds-barred campaign against corruption.
His arrest marks the end of a 14-year career that oversees several top public safety agencies in China, including the country's armed police.
Born in 1953 in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, he joined the Communist Party of China in his early years & # 39; 20 after graduating from Peking University with a bachelor's degree in law.
As Deputy Minister of Security, Mr. Meng is charged with a number of sensitive portfolios, including the country's counterterrorism division, and he was responsible for the response to violence in the erratic northwestern part of Xinjiang in China.
At Interpol, he was expected to have a term of four years until 2020. His election in 2016 had aroused concerns among human rights groups who feared that Beijing would use the organization to round Chinese dissidents overseas.
Today, two law firms representing Mr Meng and his family said: "Lindeborg Counselors at Law and Marsigny Advocaten confirm that they have sent letters to INTERPOL and the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China in France on behalf of Hongwei Meng and his family.
"Mr. Hongwei Meng and his family are looking forward to receiving full answers. & # 39;
Interpol was asked to comment.