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France grants asylum to wife of ex-Interpol chief charged in China

Reuters
PARIS
France has granted asylum to the wife of a former head of the international police cooperation agency Interpol, after he was charged in his native China with corruption, the wife’s lawyer said on Wednesday.
Grace Meng first reported in October that her husband Meng Hongwei had gone missing after travelling back to China from their home in France where the organisation is based. Days later, Interpol said he had resigned as its president. Chinese prosecutors this month filed formal charges against him, accusing him of abuse of power and taking bribes.
Grace Meng’s lawyer Emmanuel Marsigny said she had applied for asylum in France and her application was approved. The French Foreign Ministry did not comment on the outcome of the case but said the decision was made by an independent body and complied with French and international law. In March, China’s ruling Communist Party said its own investigation into Meng found he spent lavish amounts of state funds, abused his power and refused to follow party decisions.
His wife has dismissed the allegations and said his arrest was politically motivated. Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said he was unaware of the specifics.

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