Date
26 February 2020
Meng Hongwei is said to have told a Tianjin court that he will not file an appeal against the judgment handing him a long jail term and a fine for corruption. Photo: Reuters
Meng Hongwei is said to have told a Tianjin court that he will not file an appeal against the judgment handing him a long jail term and a fine for corruption. Photo: Reuters

China ex-Interpol chief gets more than 13 years jail for graft

A Chinese court on Tuesday handed former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei thirteen-and-a-half years  in jail and fined him 2 million yuan (US$290,000) for receiving bribes and abuse of official positions, Reuters reports.

The court was quoted as saying that 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.

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, according to a court 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.

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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