Chinese court jails former Interpol chief for 13-1/2 years over graft

epa07659527 (FILE) - A handout image made available by Interpol showing Meng Hongwei, Chinese President of Interpol, speaking in Bali, Indonesia (reissued 20 June 2019). Media reports on 20 June 2019 state that former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei has admitted his guilt to Chinese authorities after going on trial for allagedly taking more than 2 million US dollars or 1.7 million euros. The verdict will be annonced at a later date officials at the court in Tianjin said. Meng resigned as Interpol president after being detained by Chinese authorities in October 2018 over alleged bribe-taking. EPA-EFE/INTERPOL / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

BEIJING, Jan 21 (Reuters) - A court in China on Tuesday jailed former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei for 13-1/2 years and fined him 2 million yuan ($290,000) for receiving bribes and abuse of official positions.

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.

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, it said in a 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.

The court said 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. ($1=6.9021 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting by Gabriel Crossley; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)


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