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Meng Hongwei: China accuses Interpol chief of bribery

October 8, 2018 4:00 pm

The detained Chinese head of Interpol, Meng Hongwei, is being investigated for alleged bribe-taking, Chinese authorities have announced.

Mr Meng was first reported missing in late September after travelling from Interpol HQ in France to China.

His wife has revealed that he sent her a text message with a knife emoji on the day he went missing.

Mr Meng is the latest high-profile target to be ensnared in China’s sweeping anti-corruption campaign.

He is also a vice-minister for public security in the country.

In its announcement of the investigation, China’s Public Security Ministry said the probe was “correct, wise and shows the determination of [President Xi]’s administration to continue its anti-corruption drive”.

Interpol is the global policing agency that co-ordinates between police forces around the world, including searches for missing and wanted persons.

Interpol’s general secretariat oversees the day-to-day work of the 192-member organisation, with the role of the president largely ceremonial.