Ex-head of Interpol pleads guilty to taking bribes
Meng Hongwei, who also held the post of Deputy Minister of Public Security of China, admits to abusing his official position. The total amount of bribes received by him is 14.46 million yuan (about 2.1 million dollars).
Former Head of Interpol and former Deputy Minister of Public Security of China, Meng Hongwei, has pleaded guilty of accepting bribes, RIA Novosti reports referring to the statement of the Supreme People’s Prosecutor's Office of China.
During the hearing in the First People’s Court of the Middle Stage in the city of Tianjin, the Prosecutor’s Office read the indictment against the ex-official. According to the Prosecutor's Office, the accused man pleaded guilty and repented of his deed. The verdict will be announced later.
According to the statement of prosecution, Meng Hongwei had long used his official position for personal interests and the interests of third parties. He would accept expensive gifts and cash bribes. The total amount of bribes received by him is 14.46 million yuan (about 2.1 million dollars).
In the autumn of 2018, French authorities launched an investigation into the disappearance of the head of Interpol, who had left for China in late September. It was reported that Meng Hongwei left France on September 29 and did not get in touch ever since. His spouse, who lives with children in Lyon (where the organization’s headquarters is located) reported the disappearance of the official to French police.
Later, Chinese authorities stated that Meng Hongwei was suspected of violating the law, and the state supervision committee was investigating him. A few hours later, Interpol stated that the general secretariat of the organization in Lyon had received an application for resigning Meng Hongwei as president of the organization. In November 2018, French authorities terminated the investigation into his disappearance.
At the end of March 2019, the Central Commission of the Communist Party of China (CPC) for Discipline Inspection stated that after the anti-corruption investigation was carried out, Meng Hongwei was expelled from the CPC and removed from state posts, and the investigation materials regarding the ex-official were transferred to the Prosecutor’s Office for initiating a criminal case.
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