Chinese court jails former Interpol chief for 13-1/2 years over graft

A court in China has jailed the former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei over bribery and misuse of official positions

A court in China on Tuesday jailed former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei for 13-1/2 years and fined him 2 million yuan ($290,000) for receiving bribes and abuse of official positions. Interpol, the global police coordination agency based in France, said late in 2018 that Meng had resigned as its president, days after his wife reported him missing following a trip to his home country of China.

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Meng Hongwei (right), Chinese Vice Public Security Minister, shakes hands with Nguyen Quang Dam, the commandant of the Vietnam Coast Guard, in Beijing (Representational Image) Reuters

Meng, who admitted his guilt in July last year, told the court in the northern city of Tianjin he would not appeal against the judgment, it said in a statement online. Last March, the ruling Communist Party said its investigation had found Meng spent "lavish" amounts of state funds, abused his power and refused to follow party decisions.

The court said Meng took more than 14.46 million yuan worth of assets in bribes and abused his former positions in the public security ministry and the coast guard between 2005 and 2017, when he held various public security positions in China, according to the charges.

Meng, 65, resigned in October last year as Interpol's president after serving two years of his four-year term. Lyon, France-based Interpol — the International Criminal Police Organization — is not a police force per se but an information clearing house that promotes international police cooperation.