China’s former Interpol chief sentenced to 13 years in jail

BEIJING: Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei, who was detained on a go to to China in 2018, was sentenced Tuesday to greater than 13 years in jail for bribery in a case that shook the worldwide police organisation.

Meng — a former vice minister of public safety — is amongst a rising group of Communist Get together cadres caught in President Xi Jinping’s anti-graft marketing campaign, which critics say has additionally served as a strategy to take away the chief’s political enemies.

He vanished throughout a go to to China from France, the place Interpol is predicated, and was later accused of accepting bribes and expelled from the Communist Get together.

His spouse was granted political asylum in France final yr, after saying she was afraid she and her two youngsters could be the targets of kidnapping makes an attempt.

Meng was sentenced to 13 years and 6 months in jail and fined two million yuan RMB ($290,000), stated the Tianjin First Intermediate Individuals’s Court docket on Tuesday.

At his trial final June, he pleaded responsible to accepting $2.1 million in bribes, after the court docket stated he used his standing and positions to “search improper profit” and accumulate bribes.

The court docket assertion on Tuesday stated Meng had “in truth confessed to all of the legal information” and wouldn’t attraction the choice.

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