Missing former Chinese Interpol president accused of bribery
Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei is under investigation for accepting bribes and other unspecified “illegal activities.”
Meng, who resigned from the international police organisation on Sunday after his wife reported him missing in China, is under investigation by the country’s anti-corruption watchdog.
Meng’s disappearance hit the headlines after Interpol initially said it didn’t know where its chief was.
Only after the organisation asked the Chinese government about Meng’s whereabouts on Saturday did China admit it had detained him.
Meng’s wife, Grace, who reported him missing last week, said her husband sent her a social media message telling her to “Wait for my call” on September 25.
Minutes later, he sent his last message to her with an emoji of a knife, which she said she believed meant he was in danger.
The Lowy Institutes Euan Graham tells Ross Greenwood “everything that happens at a high level in China has political connotations”.
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