For­mer se­nior pub­lic se­cu­rity of­fi­cial Meng Hong­wei pleads guilty

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA -

Meng Hong­wei, for­mer vice min­is­ter of pub­lic se­cu­rity of China, pleaded guilty on Thurs­day to ac­cept­ing 14.46 mil­lion yuan ($2.09 mil­lion) in bribes in an open trial in North China’s Tian­jin.

Meng, also the for­mer head of China’s Coast Guard, was ac­cused by pros­e­cu­tors of tak­ing ad­van­tage of the con­ve­nience, power and sta­tus gen­er­ated from his posts to seek ben­e­fits for oth­ers, il­le­gally ac­cept­ing money and gifts worth more than 14.46 mil­lion yuan from 2005 to 2017, the Peo­ple’s Daily re­ported.

Meng pleaded guilty to the charges and re­pented at the trial at the First In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court of Tian­jin.

The court was ad­journed and a verdict will be made at a later date.

Meng was ex­pelled from the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) and dis­missed from pub­lic of­fice for se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tions of Party dis­ci­pline and laws, China’s top anti-graft body, the CPC Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion and the Na­tional Su­per­vi­sory Com­mis­sion, an­nounced in a state­ment on March 27.

Meng was elected as pres­i­dent of In­ter­pol, based in Lyon, France, in 2016, be­com­ing the first Chinese of­fi­cial to take the post. Be­fore serv­ing as In­ter­pol pres­i­dent, Meng was vice min­is­ter of pub­lic se­cu­rity and head of China Coast Guard.

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