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    Grace Meng, , the wife of the missing Interpol president Meng Hongwey, talks to journalists on October 7, 2018 in Lyon during a press conference during which she did not want her face to be shown, a day after Interpol demanded an official clarification from China on the whereabouts of its missing police chief, after reports said he was detained for questioning on arrival in his homeland

    China Calls French Asylum For Ex-Interpol Chief's Wife an 'Abuse of Procedures'

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    Earlier, the woman's lawyer announced that Paris had granted asylum to the wife of former Interpol President Meng Hongwei, who claims that her husband has fallen victim to a politically motivated case against him.

    Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang criticised France's decision to grant political asylum to Grace Meng, wife of former Interpol head Meng Hongwei, who was arrested in China in September 2018 on corruption charges.

    "There is no so-called political persecution. If Meng Hongwei's wife wanted to apply for political asylum in France, it would be an abuse of French legal procedures", the spokesman said.

    Grace Meng's lawyer, Emmanuel Marsigny, announced earlier that the woman and her children had been granted political asylum in France on 2 May.

    Last week, prosecutors in the Chinese city of Tianjin announced that they had referred Meng Hongwei's case to court. He is charged with having misused his powers as Chinese vice-minister of public security in the past for personal gain, as well as receiving expensive gifts and large sums of money.

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    Meng Hongwei started working as Interpol's president in 2016, but abandoned his post after being arrested in September 2018 during a visit to his homeland. Grace Meng insists that the case against her husband was politically motivated and that China has presented "no proof whatsoever to back up their charges".

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