Former Interpol boss sent down for 13 years in China for bribery

Published by Scott Challinor on January 21st 2020, 10:10am

Former Interpol boss Meng Hongwei has been sentenced to 13-and-a-half years in prison by a court in Tianjin on bribery charges.

Meng, the first Chinese head of Interpol, confessed to taking more than £1.6 million worth in bribes.

The Tianjin No 1 Intermediate People’s Court ordered Meng to pay a fine of two million yuan, equivalent to £222,711, on top of the sentence. The court confirmed that Meng would not lodge an appeal.

The former Interpol boss first disappeared in September 2018 during a visit to France, and it was later revealed that he had been detained by Chinese authorities and was placed under investigation over suspected bribes as part of a broader anti-corruption drive by Chinese president Xi Jinping.

Meng, who was scheduled to serve as Interpol's leader until 2020, was expelled from the Communist Party in China and removed from all his positions in government.

A statement from the party said that Meng has abused his position for his own gain, undermined party principles and misused state funds.

Meng's wife, who still resides in France under political asylum, believes that the charges against her husband are politically motivated. 

Meng is one of over one million Chinese officials to fall foul of president Xi's anti-corruption proceedings.


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January 21st 2020, 10:10am

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