#COSP | Meng Hongwei, ex-Interpol chief, was found
Updated: Jul 26, 2019
[By Maria Eduarda Panza]
The second committee session of the Conference of The State Parties (COSP) to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), that was a continuation of the first session, happened this thursday, July 25th, at 02 p.m.
During the session, an issue was brought up about the ex-Interpol chief Meng Hongwei’s whereabouts and his political charges. Mr. Meng plead guilty to corruption and vanished on a trip back to China from France in September of 2018.
China announced in the committee that Mr. Meng was found and is under China’s custody. He will be charged for his corruption crimes, which include receiving 2 million dollars as a bribe. He was stripped away of all government positions, according to Xi Jinping, president of the Communist Party.
In the committee, Switzerland and Russia sympathized with China’s position and offered help. France will be offering political asylum to Mr. Meng’s Family.
The COSP/UNCAC has released a statement about the case:
“The Conference of the State Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption declares that China has taken the proper legal proceedings concerning Mr. Meng Hongwei’s involvement in bribes and has assured that Mr. Meng’s family’s decision whether to remain in France or to return to China will be respected. Mr. Meng has been found guilty of these charges and the Chinese authorities have agreed to provide any assistance to his family.The States that are present in this Conference shows support to the People’s Republic of China regarding the speedy way the prosecution and incarceration of Mr. Meng took place. In that sense we would like to reinforce our commitment to the protection of human rights for all prisoners. Therefore, we hope Mr. Meng is being treated with all due respect and dignity”