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China Communist Party expels Interpol Meng Hongwei after disappearance



The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) abruptly expelled Meng Hongwei, the former Interpol president who disappeared without a trace six months ago.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the CCP's watchdog, on Wednesday accused Mix or abusive his position in China for personal gain, violating Chinese law and party discipline, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported.

The party also accused Meng or squandering state funds to fund his family's "extravagant lifestyle," The Associated Press said.

Send delivering address in Singapore in 2017. The Chinese Communist Party accused of squandering state funds and using his position for personal gain.
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[19659002] On top of serving as Interpol president Meng had been a member of the CCP's Central Committee – a 205-member body comprising the top leaders of the party and vice-minister of public security, the SCMP said.

There are no further details on Meng's charges. The party is now opening an investigation into Meng, the SCMP reported.

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From left to right: Then-French interior minister Gérard Collomb, Interpol secretary-general Jürgen Stock, Prince Charles, and Meng Hongwei at Interpol's headquarters in Lyon in May 2018.
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Meng went missing on September 29 , 2018, during a trip from Lyon, France – where Interpol is based – to China.

Beijing broke its silence over the matter a week later, on October 7, saying it had detained him and was investigating him about bribery allegations.

That same day Interpol said it received a resignation letter from Meng – without specifying the source – and accepted it "with immediate effect." Jürgen Stock, Interpol's secretary-general, said there was "no reason for me to [suspect] that anything was forced or wrong" about the resignation.

Interpol has refused to investigate Meng's disappearance, saying organizational rules forbid it.

A spokesman for the agency duty Business insider it would not comment on Meng's charges because "these are ongoing legal proceedings," adding: "Any charges brought by a country against one of its own citizens is a national issue."

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Meng's detention appears to be part of a "anti-corruption drive" instigated by President Xi Jinping since becoming China's leader in 2012. Under Xi, the Communist Party has punished at least 1.3 million party members, many of whom are high-profile figures in the country, according to the South China Morning Post.

Critics say Xi has used the campaign to purge his political rivals – an allegation he denies.

Meng's wife, Grace, in Lyon in October 2018. She declined to show her face. She has been protesting China's charges against her husband.
John Leicester / AP

Meng's wife, Grace, said she was her husband via WhatsApp on September 25, four days before his disappearance.

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Grace Meng received from her husband on September 25. It says in Chinese: "Wait for my call," followed by a knife emoji – a possible warning that he was in danger.

John Leicester / AP

Activists at Human Rights Watch believe me is being kept under a form of secret retention called liuzhi, where the person is in communication without access to lawyers or relatives for up to six months.

Grace Meng said that her husband was a victim of "political persecution" and told the BBC in October: "I'm not sure he's alive. They're dirty," she added, referring to China's tactics to silence people.

Her lawyers customs Business Insider in November that had sent questions about Meng's disappearance to Interpol and the Chinese government, but had not yet heard from either or them.

Business Insider has contacted the lawyers for an update.


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