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Eli Lake

Suspend China From Interpol

Authoritarian regimes need to face the consequences when they abuse the international law-enforcement system.

No corrupt regimes allowed.

No corrupt regimes allowed.

Photographer: Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images

In the high-stakes drama over the detention of Interpol President Meng Hongwei, one thing stands out. It’s the plea the international police agency’s secretary general, Juergen Stock, made to his captors in China.

Over the weekend, Stock officially requested that Chinese police clarify the status of Meng, who had not been heard from since leaving Interpol’s headquarters in Lyon, France, to travel to Beijing nearly a week before. “Interpol's General Secretariat looks forward to an official response from China’s authorities to address concerns over the President’s well-being,” Stock said in a statement.