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Former interpol president Meng Hongwei has pleaded guilty to accepting more than $ 2 million in bribery and expressed regret for his crime, China's state-run newspaper People's Daily reported Thursday.
The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China instructed Hongwei to abuse his positions in the Communist Party between 2005 and 2017 in order to obtain special benefits, campaigns for his wife and collect bribes of over 14 million yuan.
Meng, whose Interpol position was based in Lyon, France, was arrested during a visit to China last September, but his fears were originally kept secret. It was only until his wife – who was still in France – reported that he was missing after receiving an alarming text from her husband that Chinese officials revealed he had been detained. This message from Meng contained a knife mojji.
Before Meng was elected Interpol's president in 2016 – the first Chinese person to hold the post – he served as head of the China Coast Guard and as Deputy Minister of Public Security, a post he held until his arrest.
Chinese officials announced their resignation when they accused him of corruption, lived an extravagant lifestyle and "serious violations of discipline".
As NPR Bill Chappell reported, "He has now been removed from the role he had received under Zhou Yongkang, the former security thief who now serves life in prison on bribery charges, tight in President Xi & # 39; s anti-corruption campaign. "
Under Menge's legal appearance on Thursday, "the prosecution and defense fully pronounced their statements under the auspices of the Court," People's Daily reported.
According to the Chinese news business, Hongwei read a statement admitting his involvement in the bribe scheme.
But his wife, who has been granted asylum in France, has said that the charge against him is politically motivated, according to Reuters.
The court announces its judgment at a later date.