Grace Meng, wife of former INTERPOL President Meng Hongwei, has issued legal proceedings against INTERPOL for the body’s ‘complicity’ in the treatment of Mr Meng. Mrs Meng alleges that INTERPOL allowed one of its member states, China, to falsely accuse and detain her husband in October 2018. In doing so, it is alleged that INTERPOL was complicit in the unlawful actions of the Chinese state and in breach of its duties to the Meng family. Mrs Meng is seeking a declaration from the court that INTERPOL has breached its duties to her family as well as financial compensation.
In June 2019, it was reported that Mr Meng had confessed to the allegations made by China, namely that he received more than $2m in bribes whilst he was working as head of China’s coast guard and as a vice-minister for public security between 2005 and 2011. Chinese prosecutors allege that these bribes were used to secure promotions and to fund business ventures, however, no public verdict or sentence has been announced. Mrs Meng currently resides in France with her two children, the family have been granted asylum and are living under police protection.
INTERPOL have confirmed that proceedings were issued in April 2019 and has denied the allegations explaining them as “baseless” and confidential.