Interpol president Meng Hongwei has been detained in China for questioning as part of an investigation against him, a media report said Saturday, a day after he was reported missing in his native country.
He was the first Chinese leader of Interpol, which connects the law enforcement agencies of its 192 member countries.
Interpol said Saturday that it has requested notification from China of the status of its missing president.
A spokeswoman for Interpol, who declined to give her name, refused to say whether Meng was on official business in China when he was last heard from. France has launched its own investigation. The reason for Meng being investigated and held is still unclear and no official confirmation has been made.
While Meng is listed on the website of China's Ministry of Public Security as a vice-minister, he lost his seat on its Communist Party Committee - its real decision-making body - in April, the Post reported.
When Mr Meng was elected in 2016 as Interpol president, rights groups expressed concern that he would pursue an agenda of politicised policing that targeted Mr Xi's opponents.
The International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) has officially demanded a clarification from China on the disappearance of Chinese Interpol president Meng Hongwei.
"It is freaky", Broadhurst said on Saturday, adding that China was likely to "brush off" any political damage that it would cause to Beijing's involvement in worldwide bodies.
Interpol links police forces in 192 countries and enables them to work together to fight crime on an global scale.
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The statement noted that Interpol's secretary general, and not its president, is responsible for the global police agency's operations.
News of the investigation into Mr Meng's disappearance came during a week-long public holiday in China. In the meantime, he served as head and deputy head of branches of the coast guard, all while holding positions at Interpol.
His appointment as Interpol president in 2016 alarmed some human rights organisations, fearful it would embolden China to strike out at dissidents and refugees overseas. He likely dealt extensively with former security chief Zhou Yongkang, now serving a life sentence for corruption.
Meng's term is scheduled to run until 2020.
Xi has placed a premium on getting officials and businesspeople accused of fraud and corruption to return from overseas, making Meng's position even more sensitive.
People have been known to disappear into the commission's custody for weeks or even months without a word.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not respond to a request for comment from reporters.