Beijing slams French shield for ex-Interpol chief's wife

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 16 May 2019

Beijing said France granting asylum to the wife of former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei - charged in China with accepting bribes - was out of order.

"If Meng Hongwei's wife wanted to apply for political asylum in France it would be an abuse of French legal procedures," Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in the wake of Grace Meng saying she had been granted asylum.

Grace Meng, who was given police protection after she alleged there was an abduction attempt early this year, was granted asylum on May 2 along with the couple's seven-year-old twin children.

Meng Hongwei disappeared in September after leaving Lyon, where Interpol is based, for China. He sent his wife a message telling her to "wait for my call" and then a knife emoji signifying danger.

A few weeks later, Interpol was informed Meng, the first Chinese president at the international agency, had resigned, with Beijing revealing he was linked to bribery.

He was charged last week. Prosecutors said Meng abused his positions as Marine Police chief and vice minister of public security to obtain "extremely large" amounts of property.

But his wife said authorities had presented "no proof whatsoever to back up their charges."

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