China expels ex-Interpol chief Meng from Communist Party

Interpol President Meng Hongwei. Photograph:( Reuters )

AFP Beijing, China Mar 27, 2019, 02.58 PM (IST)

China has expelled former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei from the Communist Party and dismissed him from his official positions, the country's graft watchdog announced Wednesday.

Meng, who served as the vice minister of public security, disappeared last year during a visit to China from France and was later accused of accepting bribes.

"Meng Hongwei has no party principle... does not report personal matters in accordance with regulations... and refuses to implement the decision of the Party Central Committee," the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said in a statement.

Meng had used state assets to support his family's lavish lifestyle while abusing his position to get his wife employment, the watchdog added. 

The case has been handed over to the state prosecutor's office, and his "illegal income" has been confiscated, it added.

Last week, Meng's wife Grace, who is based in France has been actively campaigning for him, urged French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss her husband's case with Xi Jinping during the Chinese president's official visit to Paris.

In her written appeal, Grace Meng demanded that her husband be allowed to receive visits from his lawyers.

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Meng, who served as the vice minister of public security, disappeared last year during a visit to China from France and was later accused of accepting bribes.