The Supreme People’s Office of China announced this Friday (1 0.05.2019) that the former president of Interpol, Meng Hongwei, will be tried in the northeastern Chinese town of Tianjin for accepting «a large number of bribes.»
In an ad published on its website, the prosecutor’s Office explained that the Supreme State Commission had completed the investigation into the alleged corrupt acts carried out by Meng, and that his case will be judged in the Intermediate People’s Court of Tianjin number 1, although Did not detailed the start date. According to the text, the defendant would have seized his position as deputy Minister of Public Security and Chief of the Chinese maritime police to receive «a large number of bribes.» «The amount of bribes was enormous and should be faced with criminal charges, according to the law,» the communiqué reads.
On 24 April, the Supreme People’s attorney’s office of China announced the issuance of an official arrest warrant against Meng, who was detained without formal indictment and whereabouts unknown in the Asian country since September. On 26 March, he had been expelled from the Communist Party of China.
Interpol’s former number one mysteriously disappeared after getting on a plane to China on September 25th, when his family stopped hearing from him. After several days of silence and the pressure of the international community, which required China to explain its disappearance, the National Monitoring Commission (the Chinese anti-corruption body) confirmed its arrest in early October. Shortly thereafter, Interpol announced the resignation «with immediate effect» of its president, after he himself resigned from office in a letter.
Chinese law establishes that the police have the authority to keep incommunicado and in a secret place up to six months to suspects of offences against the national security, or accused of terrorism or bribes, a regulation that in many cases applies To Dissidents or activists.
Since the coming to power of Xi Jinping in 2013, China has judged numerous senior officials for receiving bribes in their anti-corruption campaign.