he former Chinese president of Interpol has been expelled from the Communist Party and dismissed from public office over a laundry list of “serious violations” of Chinese law and party discipline.
Last year, Meng Hongwei, “disappeared” during a trip to China only to be announced a short time later as under investigation by the party’s anti-corruption watchdog. Soon enough, Interpol said that it had received Meng’s resignation as the head of the international policing organization. Meng was elected to that post in 2016. He also served as a vice minister of public security in China.
On Wednesday, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) announced that Meng had been thrown out of the Communist Party in a statement which accuses him of abusing his power to finance his family’s extravagant lifestyle, completely losing his party consciousness, and refusing to implement the decisions of the CPC Central Committee.
The statement further asserts that Meng received huge bribes in the form of gifts from others and used his influence to secure a job for his wife allowing her to take advantage of these posts for private benefits. His actions seriously tarnished the party’s image and damaged national interests, investigators said.
Meng had been splitting his time between China and the French city of Lyon, the headquarters of Interpol. His disappearance first made headlines after his wife, Grace Meng, reported her husband missing to French police. At a later press conference, she said that the last text message she had received from him was the image of a knife.
Xi Jinping visited France this week. Ahead of the trip, Grace Meng sent a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, pleading with him to personally discuss her husband’s situation with Xi, explaining that she had received no information about him for six months.