Former Interpol chief jailed for 13 years over $2million bribery in China

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Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei has been jailed for 13 years in China over a $2million bribery case that shook international police organisations.

Meng, a former vice president minister of public security, was detained on a visit to China in late 2018. 

He is among a growing group of Communist Party cadres caught in President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign, which critics say has also served as a way to remove the leader’s political enemies.

He vanished during a visit to China from France, where Interpol is based, and was later accused of accepting bribes and expelled from the Communist Party.

His wife was granted political asylum in France last year, after saying she was afraid she and her two children would be the targets of kidnapping attempts.

Meng was sentenced to 13 years and six months in prison and fined two million yuan RMB ($290,000), said the Tianjin First Intermediate People’s Court on Tuesday.

At his trial last June, he pleaded guilty to accepting $2.1 million in bribes, after the court said he used his status and positions to ‘seek improper benefit’ and accumulate bribes.

The court statement on Tuesday said Meng had ‘truthfully confessed to all the criminal facts’ and would not appeal the decision.

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