Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei pleaded guilty at a trial in China on Thursday to accepting $2.1 million in bribes.
"Meng Hongwei made final remarks, and admitted guilt and expressed remorse to the court," the official People's Daily said of the hearing.
The court is set to announce its verdict at a later date.
In March, the ruling Communist Party said its investigation into Meng found he spent "lavish" amounts of state funds, abused his power and refused to follow party decisions.
Meng, who was the first Chinese head of Interpol, was reported missing by his wife during a trip back to his home country China last September. A month later, Interpol confirmed that he had resigned as its president.