Published: Thu, January 23, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

China's former Interpol chief sentenced to 13 years for corruption

China's former Interpol chief sentenced to 13 years for corruption

Meng - a former vice minister of public security - is among a growing group of Communist Party cadres caught in China's anti-graft campaign.

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Grace Meng said her husband is now being persecuted for pushing that view.

Days after his wife reported him missing Interpol said Meng had resigned as its president.

In a statement sent to The Associated Press, she said Interpol "breached its obligations owed to my family" and "is complicit in the internationally wrongful acts of its member country, China".

Meng, 66, was sentenced at Tianjin No. 1 Intermediate People's Court and fined almost $300,000 following a trial that resulted in his conviction on charges he took more than $2 million in bribes and kickbacks as head of Interpol.

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

"It's all lies", she said.

While serving at Interpol, Meng retained his title as China's vice minister of public security. It later emerged that the long-time Communist Party insider with decades of experience in China's security apparatus was detained as part of a sweeping purge against allegedly corrupt or disloyal officials under President Xi Jinping's authoritarian administration.

Meng's wife was granted political asylum in France previous year, after saying she was afraid that she and her two children would be the targets of kidnapping attempts.

The Ministry of Public Security in Beijing said in October that he was being investigated on allegations including the acceptance of bribes and violation of other Chinese laws. "This sentence is not the end but the starting point for great change in China".

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