Missing Interpol Chief Accused Of Bribery And Corruption

Meng Hongwei is 'under investigation' for bribery and corruption, Chinese authorities say.

What you need to know
  • Interpol's missing Meng Hongwei is 'under investigation' for bribery and corruption, Chinese authorities say
  • The Chinese ruling party has pledged to form a taskforce to target associates
  • The breaches "gravely jeopardised" the Communist Party, a statement from the Government says

The missing ex-Interpol chief, who vanished after returning to China, is at the centre of an investigation into bribery and corruption, Chinese authorities say.

In a statement on Sunday evening, the Chinese Government said Meng Hongwei was under investigation by the National Supervision Commission for alleged violation of unspecified laws.

"The meeting demanded that we should deeply understand Meng Hongwei’s accepting bribes, suspected of violating the law and causing serious harm to the party and the public security cause," the statement reads.

The statement warns "anyone who violates the law must be severely punished and severely punished," it reads.

Hongwei’s disappearance was made public on Friday after French authorities raised the flag, announcing they were opening an investigation into his disappearance.

The statement said Hongwei’s “insistence on doing things in his own way means he has only himself to blame for being placed under investigation," according to a report from the South China Morning Post.

The Chinese Ministry of Public Security says a task force will target Hongwei's associates, according to the same report.

The statement says that the alleged breaches of laws “gravely jeopardised” the Communist party, according to the report.