August 5, 2021

China expels the detained former Interpol chief from the CPC's advisory body

China expels the detained former Interpol chief from the CPC's advisory body

China will expel from an important advisory body the former president of Interpol, the Chinese Meng Hongwei, who has been detained for almost a month in a secret place after being accused of receiving bribes.

In an information published on Friday night, the state agency Xinhua reported that the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference decided to expel Meng from his body, which must be definitively confirmed in the next permanent committee of the body.

The Political Consultative Conference does not have legislative power, but it is an advisory body that informs the Parliament and Meng was a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Meng, Chinese Vice Minister of Public Safety when he was elected president of Interpol in 2016, mysteriously disappeared after boarding a plane to China on September 25, at which time his family stopped hearing about him and his track was lost.

After several days of silence and in the face of international pressure, which demanded explanations from China about its disappearance, the National Supervision Commission (the Chinese anti-corruption body) confirmed its arrest earlier this month.

Shortly after, Interpol announced the resignation "with immediate effect" of its president, after he himself resigned from office in a letter.

According to the Ministry of Public Security, Meng's investigation was opened after detecting that he accepted bribes and violated the state law, a behavior that has caused "serious damage" to the party and to national security.

According to Chinese law, the police have the authority to keep incommunicado and in a secret place for up to six months suspects of offenses against national security, or accused of terrorism or bribery, a rule that in many cases applies to dissidents or activists .

Since Xi's rise to power in 2013, China has judged numerous officials for receiving bribes in its anti-corruption campaign.


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