expelled from the Communist Party, former Interpol president Meng Hongwei has moved on to the next stop in China’s judicial process for disgraced top officials, being formally indicted for corruption.fter being
The Supreme People’s Procuratorate, China’s top prosecutor, has formally filed charges against Meng for exploiting his position of power to secure a “huge amount” of bribes, according to a brief statement released on Friday.
Meng infamously “disappeared” during a trip to China last year, 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 receivedMeng’s resignationas 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.
In March, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) announced that Meng had been thrown out of the Communist Party in a statement which accused 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.
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.
When Chinese President Xi Jinping visited France in March, 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.