France grants asylum to former Interpol woman accused of corruption by China

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The wife of former Interpol president Meng Hongwei, accused in China of abuse of power and accepting bribes, has received asylum from France, where the marriage resided, as confirmed by his lawyer, Emmanuel Marsigny.

Interpol, the international police coordination organization based in France, reported in October that Meng had resigned as president of the agency days after his wife, Grace Meng, denounced that he had disappeared after a trip to China.

In March, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) reported that its own investigation concluded that Meng had incurred "copious" expenses of state funds and accused him of abuse of power and of refusing to follow the guidelines of the single formation.

The prosecution confirmed last week the charges against Meng, whom he has accused of abuse of power during his previous term as Secretary of State for Public Security and head of the Coast Guard. According to prosecutors, he received an "extremely high" amount of bribes.

The wife of the former head of Interpol has rejected the accusations against her husband and has attributed her arrest to political motives, something that the Chinese authorities have always denied.

A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Geng Shuang, has insisted on Wednesday's press conference that the case has nothing to do with "political factors." "Meng Hongwei is suspected of accepting bribes," he stressed.

For Beijing, the asylum request of Meng's wife in France is "a complete abuse of legal procedures". In this sense, Geng has stressed that "mutual trust is the basis for the stable development of relations" between the two countries, so he trusts that there is "good cooperation" in this case too. (tagsToTranslate) france (t) asylum (t) interpol (t) corruption (t) bribes

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