China will prosecute former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei for fraud after an investigation found he was suspected of taking bribes and breaking discipline rules, the ruling Communist Party's anti-corruption watchdog has said.

Mr Meng has also been expelled from the party, it added.

Last year, Interpol, the France-based global police coordination organisation, said Mr Meng had resigned as its president after French authorities said he had been reported missing by his wife after travelling to his home country.

Mr Meng, 64, was named to the post of Interpol president in late 2016, part of a broader Chinese effort to gain leadership positions in key international organisations.

Presidents of Interpol are seconded from their national administrations and remain in their home post while representing the international policing body.

Interpol, which groups 192 countries and is usually focused on finding people who are missing or wanted, is run on a day-to-day basis by its secretary general, German national Juergen Stock.

When Mr Meng was named Interpol's president, human rights groups expressed concern that Beijing might try to leverage his position to pursue dissidents abroad.

China has in the past pressed countries to arrest and deport its citizens it accuses of crimes, from corruption to terrorism.

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


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