Interpol chief Meng Hongwei under investigation, China says

Interpol chief Meng Hongwei under investigation, China says

Meanwhile, Interpol says Mr Meng resigned as the body's president on Sunday evening.

China's National Supervision Commission, which handles corruption cases involving public servants, said Mr Meng was under investigation in a statement on its website.

For people who are familiar with China's politics, this was a significant sign that Meng's political career was in jeopardy.

The wife of the missing president of Interpol said Sunday her husband sent her an image of a knife before he disappeared during a trip to China, a symbol she took as his way of telling her he was in danger.

His whereabouts and status have been mysteries since his wife reported Friday that she had not heard from him since he went to China at the end of September.

Interpol said Saturday it has made a formal request to China for information about the agency's missing president. That day, he sent her the knife image from an Interpol phone four minutes after sending an initial message saying, "Wait for my call". The matter belongs to the worldwide community.

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However she claims to have not heard from him since, adding that she does not know what happened to him. It was not until almost midnight on Sunday that China finally provided an explanation, releasing a one-sentence statement which said that Meng was under the "monitoring and investigation" of anti-corruption party investigators.

Interpol director, Meng Hongwei, who is missing since late September, is under investigation by China's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, Beijing confirms.

She kept her back turned to the reporters at the press conference, and refused to be photographed out of fear for her safety.

Meng rose up the ranks of the country's domestic security apparatus when it was under the leadership of Zhou Yongkang, a rival to Xi and the highest-ranking official to be brought down on corruption charges.

She said she was taking the unusual step of speaking out because she felt a greater responsibility.

Later, upon learning about the announcement from China's anti-graft commission, she told AFP that her husband's case will be under the watch of "international law and global public opinion", describing the situation as "political ruin".

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Interpol still hasn't confirmed whether or not he was visiting China on agency business.

She said they were in daily contact during his trip before he vanished in China.

Before he shared the knife image, she sent him a photo of two animal figurines, one of a bear and another of a horse, meant to represent their two children; one of them loves horses, she said, and the other "looks like the bear".

The campaign has since punished over 1 million officials of varying stature, who are often suddenly detained without warning only to emerge later in detention.

Under President Xi Jinping, China has been engaged in a crackdown on corruption.

He appointed Meng vice security minister in 2004.

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The CCDI has longed used a secret detention mechanism called shuanggui (双规), but only on Party members.

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