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Paris/New York — The disappearance of Interpol’s first Chinese president has put a new spotlight on the country’s opaque legal system and undercut Beijing’s efforts to build prestige in the global law enforcement community. China’s top anticorruption body said on Sunday that it was holding former Interpol president Meng Hongwei on suspicion that he violated unspecified state laws. The announcement helped resolve some mystery surrounding Meng’s whereabouts more than a week after he left France for China, reportedly sent his wife a picture of a knife and stopped communicating. Lyon-based Interpol said in a statement Sunday said that the international police agency’s general secretariat had received Meng’s resignation, effective immediately. The public security minister, where Meng serves as vice-minister, said on Monday that he was being investigated over allegations of bribery. “The investigation against Meng Hongwei’s suspected acceptance of bribery and violation of law was very tim...

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