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Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei pleaded guilty on Thursday to accepting 2.1 million USD in bribes as he stood trial in China, state media said. Roslan Rahman/ AFP
Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei pleaded guilty at a trial in China on Thursday to accepting $2.1 million in bribes — a remarkable fall from grace for the former vice minister of public security.
Meng “showed repentance” during the hearing, said the Tianjin No.1 Intermediate People’s Court in northern China.
The verdict will be announced at a “select date or time,” it added in a statement on Weibo, a Twitter-like platform.
Meng is among a growing group of Communist Party cadres caught in President Xi Jinping’s anti-graft campaign, which critics say has served as a way to remove the leader’s political enemies.
He vanished last September during a visit to China from France, where Interpol is based, and was later accused of accepting bribes and expelled from the Communist Party.
In May, his wife Grace Meng was granted political asylum in France, after saying she was afraid she and her two children would be the targets of kidnapping attempts.
China will prosecute former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei for graft after an investigation found he was suspected of taking bribes and breaking discipline rules, the ruling Communist Party's anti-corruption watchdog said on Wednesday.
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