Meng Hongwei

A court in China on Tuesday sentenced former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei to 13-and-a-half years imprisonment for accepting bribes worth over 14 million yuan ($2 million).

The Tianjin No 1 Intermediate People’s Court also ordered 56-year-old Meng to pay a fine of two million yuan ($289,540), BBC reported.

The court added that Meng would not appeal the verdict.

In the first hearing of the trial last June, Meng was accused of having “taken advantage of the convenience and power associated with his various posts” between 2015 and 2017 to help businesses and individuals secure illegal profits, Xinhua news agency reported.

Meng was the first Chinese head of Interpol and had not appeared in public since September 2018.

During this period, Meng held the posts of the vice minister of public security and the head of China’s Coast Guard, and according to the prosecutors, amassed an illegal wealth of 14.46 million yuan.

Meng “pleaded guilty and expressed remorse” in his final statement.

The first hearing in the trial came more than a month after the Supreme People’s Procuratorate accused Meng of accepting bribes after ending an investigation into the alleged acts of corruption carried out by the former head of Interpol.

On April 24, 2019, the Procuratorate issued an official arrest warrant for Meng, who had been detained without formal charges in an unknown location by the Chinese authorities since September.

On March 26, it was announced that Meng had been expelled from the Communist Party of China and stripped of all of his positions for allegedly committing serious violations of the party’s law and discipline.

The former Interpol chief mysteriously disappeared after boarding a plane heading to China on September 25, 2018.

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