Former Interpol chief sentenced to 13 years in prison

Former Interpol chief sentenced to 13 years in prison

Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei, who was detained on a visit to China in 2018, was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for bribery.

Meng was sentenced to 13 years and six months in prison and fined two million yuan RMB ($290,000), the Tianjin First Intermediate People's Court said.

At his trial last June, he pleaded guilty to accepting $2.1 million in bribes, after the court said he used his status and positions to "seek improper benefit" and accumulate bribes.

The court statement said Meng had "truthfully confessed to all the criminal facts" and would not appeal the decision, the AFP reported.

Meng vanished during a visit to China from France and was later accused of accepting bribes and expelled from the Communist Party. His wife was granted political asylum in France last year, after saying she was afraid she and her two children would be the targets of kidnapping attempts.

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