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China jails former Interpol chief for over 13 years

2020-01-21 HKT 15:37
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  • Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei during his sentencing in Tianjin. Photo: AFP
    Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei during his sentencing in Tianjin. Photo: AFP
Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei, who was detained on a visit to China in 2018, was sentenced on Tuesday to more than 13 years in prison for bribery in a case that shook the international police organisation.

The former vice minister of public security is among a growing group of Communist Party cadres caught in President Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign, which critics say has also served as a way to remove the leader's political enemies.

Meng 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, said the Tianjin First Intermediate People's Court on Tuesday.

At his trial last June, he pleaded guilty to accepting US$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. (AFP)