Grace Meng, wife of former Interpol Chinese President Meng Hongwei, filed a lawsuit against the international police agency for allegedly threatening her not to speak after the disappearance of her husband, the Hong Kong daily South China Morning Post reported.
This legal action before the Permanent Court of Arbitration – based in The Hague, the Netherlands – comes less than three weeks after Meng Hongwei reappeared before a Chinese court to plead guilty to accepting bribes worth about two million dollars .
Grace Meng is looking for Justice to clarify whether Interpol failed to fulfill its obligations after the disappearance of her husband – disappeared at the end of September 2018, when he was detained by the Chinese authorities and, as of last April 24, officially arrested – by ensuring that the case corresponded to the French and Chinese authorities.
France – the headquarters of Interpol is in Lyon – granted asylum to Meng's wife recently.
The Morning Post's information cites a statement provided by the litigant's lawyers, accusing Interpol of "refusing to protect and assist" the family, and of being "an accomplice to the unjust international acts of its member state, China." .
"Despite Interpol threats to not speak, I announce that I have initiated a legal proceeding against Interpol," he says.
His legal team will be composed of four people, among which stands out Rutsel Martha, former head of the legal services of the police agency.
The information also cites a response from Interpol, in which a spokesperson rates Grace Meng's accusations of "unjustified" and asks him not to disclose confidential details of the case to wage the legal battle before the press.
Meng Hongwei mysteriously disappeared after boarding a plane bound for China on September 25, when his family stopped hearing about him.
After several days of silence and under pressure from the international community, which demanded explanations from China about its disappearance, the National Supervision Commission (the Chinese anti-corruption body) confirmed its detention in early October.
Shortly after, Interpol announced the resignation "with immediate effect" of its president, after he himself resigned from office in a letter.
On June 20, after months of detention, Meng appeared before a court for the first hearing of his trial, in which he was accused of "abusing his authority" to help companies and individuals obtain "illegal profits" since 2005 until 2017, years in which he was Vice Minister of Public Security and head of the Chinese Maritime Police.
Meng pleaded guilty to accepting bribes, so the court will pass judgment on a date yet to be determined.
Chinese law establishes that 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 bribes, a rule that in many cases applies to dissidents or activists.
Since the coming to power of Xi Jinping in 2013, China has judged numerous senior officials for receiving bribes in its anti-corruption campaign.
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