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Missing former Interpol president 'investigated for bribery'

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Chinese authorities are investigating the former president of Interpol for bribery and other crimes, reported ITV (US).

Interpol said that Meng Hongwei had resigned as president of the agency's executive committee shortly after it was announced that he was under investigation. It had earlier been revealed he disappeared in China late last month.

Chinese authorities said political transgressions may also have landed Mr Hongwei in trouble.

Mr Meng, China's vice minister for public security, is being investigated due to his own "wilfulness and for bringing trouble upon himself", Beijing said.

His wife, Grace Meng, earlier told reporters her husband "signaled he was in danger" by sending her an image of a knife.

She says she has had no further contact with him since he sent the message on September 25, and added that four minutes before he shared the image, he sent a message saying: "Wait for my call".

Mrs Meng said her husband had traveled back to China for work, after a visit to the Nordics.

Interpol, or the International Criminal Police Organization, assists police in its 192 member countries to work together on matters of international crime.

Their main areas of policing expertise are counter-terrorism, cyber crime and organised and emerging crime.

Mr Meng's duties in China would have put him in close proximity to many former leaders, some of whom had come into difficulty with President Xi Jinping's crackdown on corruption.

President Xi has also placed a premium on obtaining the return of officials accused of fraud and corruption from abroad.

Rights groups voiced concerns around the time of Mr Meng's election as Interpol president in 2016 that the chief would pursue a politicised agenda that might target Xi's opponents.

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