On Monday, the family’s lawyer told AFP that the wife and children of former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei, who vanished while visiting China in September last year, have been granted political asylum in France.
Their lawyer Emmanuel Marsigny said that Grace Meng, who was given police protection after she alleged an abduction attempt at the start of the year, was granted asylum on May 2 along with the couple’s two children.
Meng Hongwei disappeared last September after leaving the French city of Lyon, where Interpol is based, for China. He later sent his wife a social media message telling her to “wait for my call,” and then a knife emoji signifying danger.
A few weeks later Interpol was informed that Meng, the first Chinese president at the international police agency, had resigned, with China later saying he was being held on suspicion of taking bribes.
He was officially charged this month with accepting bribes that allowed him to illegally obtain several properties while Marine Police chief and vice minister in China.
But his wife said recently that Chinese officials had presented “no proof whatsoever to back up their charges.” In French media interviews, she has said she fears for her life and was afraid she and her seven-year-old twins would be the targets of kidnapping attempts.