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China sentences ex-boss of Interpol to 13 years for bribes

(AP) China has sentenced the former president of Interpol to 13 years and six months in prison on charges of accepting more than $2 million in bribes.

Meng Hongwei was elected president of the international police organization in 2016, but his four-year term was cut short when he vanished after traveling to China from France in late 2018.

Interpol was not informed and was forced to make a formal request to China for information amid suspicion Meng had fallen out of political favor with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Meng’s wife has accused Chinese authorities of lying and questioned whether her husband was still alive.

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