The wife of former Interpol President Meng Hongwei, who is currently detained in China, has been granted political asylum in France, his lawyer said on May 13. Beijing denounces a violation of legal procedures.
China issued a warning to France on Wednesday after the granting of political asylum to the wife of the former Chinese boss of Interpol, prosecuted for corruption in his country. “If Meng Hongwei’s wife filed an application for political asylum in France, this would be a total abuse of the French procedure,” a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Geng Shuang, told reporters. her lawyer, she has already obtained this status at the beginning of the month.
“Good political trust is the basis for a stable and healthy development of Sino-French relations,” said Geng Shuang. We hope that in this case, both China and France will be able to deal with this case in accordance with the law and in an appropriate manner, on the basis of good cooperation “. Returning to the lawsuits against Meng Hongwei, the spokesman of Chinese diplomacy said it was “a classic criminal case.” “It’s not a political affair, let alone a so-called political persecution,” he said.
The wife of former Interpol president Meng Hongwei, currently detained in China, has indeed obtained political asylum in France in early May, announced Monday his lawyer to AFP. Almost eight months after the death of her husband, then head of the international police organization based in Lyon, refugee status was granted to Ms. Meng and her two children “May 2,” said Emmanuel Marsigny. Grace Meng, who feared for her safety, has been subject to police protection with her children since an attempted abduction for which she filed a complaint earlier this year.
The incredible “disappearance” of Meng Hongwei in September had hit the headlines, the boss of Interpol has not given news after leaving Lyon, where the international police organization has its headquarters. After a dozen days, Beijing announced that Meng Hongwe, also vice-minister of police in his country, had returned to China, where he was suspected of corruption. He has since been charged.
Meng Hongwei, 65, is suspected by Beijing of accepting bribes. He was already expelled in March from the CCP and any official function, following a disciplinary investigation within the ruling party. As a result of this investigation, the prosecutors “decided to arrest Meng Hongwei”, said in April the Supreme People’s Procuratorate in a statement. Ms. Meng, for her part, recently found that the Chinese authorities have presented “no evidence whatsoever in support of their allegations”.
The former leader’s wife had also asked President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the situation of her husband with Chinese President Xi Jinping during his state visit to France last March. Meng Hongwei is the umpteenth Communist leader pursued in the anti-corruption campaign launched in 2013 by Xi Jinping shortly after taking office. It has already sanctioned more than 1.5 million PIC executives, according to official figures.