Former Interpol Chief Sentenced To 13.5 Years In A Chinese Prison

Former Interpol Chief Sentenced To 13.5 Years In A Chinese Prison

Roughly 16 months ago, Meng Hongwei, the Chinese President of international crime-fighting agency Interpol, disappeared after returning to China and being detained by authorities.

Now, Meng, who also served as a senior justice official in China, has been sentenced to more than 13 years in a Chinese prison for graft, in a case that the Financial Times said raises “concerns about Beijing’s influence on global organizations.”

Meng, the first Chinese official to lead Interpol, held his position for two years from November 2016 until he disappeared in October 2018.  Days after his disappearance, his family in Lyon reported him missing. But after Chinese officials confirmed that Meng had been arrested on corruption charges, he was apparently coerced to hand in his resignation to Interpol.