China: former head of Interpol admits bribes

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 08:59:27 +0200

BEIJING, JUNE 20 - Former president of Interpol Meng Hongwei pleaded guilty to the allegation that he accepted bribes for 14.46 million yuan (2.1 million dollars) during the trial of his trial charged for corruption and other crimes. This was reported by the People's Daily, according to which the former Deputy Minister of Public Security "repented" during the hearing before the Tianjin No.1 Intermediate People's Court. The verdict will be announced "on the selected date or time".
Meng was indicted in early May, the last step in a proceeding that began in late September, when he disappeared into thin air upon arrival in Beijing from Lyon, where Interpol is based, opening an international case.
In the same days, his wife, Grace Meng, had obtained political asylum in France with her two children, a few months after the alleged abduction attempt. The move was contested by Beijing.