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

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE May 16, 2019
<p>Beijing said France granting asylum to the wife of former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei - charged in China with accepting bribes - was out of order.</p><p>&quot;If Meng Hongwei&#39;s wife wanted to apply for political asylum in France it would be an abuse of French legal procedures,&quot; Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in the wake of Grace Meng saying she had been granted asylum.</p><p>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&#39;s seven-year-old twin children.</p><p>Meng Hongwei disappeared in September after leaving Lyon, where Interpol is based, for China. He sent his wife a message telling her to &quot;wait for my call&quot; and then a knife emoji signifying danger.</p><p>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.</p><p>He was charged last week. Prosecutors said Meng abused his positions as Marine Police chief and vice minister of public security to obtain &quot;extremely large&quot; amounts of property.</p><p>But his wife said authorities had presented &quot;no proof whatsoever to back up their charges.&quot;</p>

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