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China questions French asylum to wife of former Interpol chief

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

on Wednesday objected to the granting asylum to the wife of former Chinese Meng Hongwei, who is currently on trial here for alleged corruption, saying that there is no political persecution in

Grace Meng, who had declined to return to after her husband was arrested last year while on a visit here, alleged his political persecution by the

Reacting to her asylum, said, I don't have the specifics. I can say that Meng was suspected of taking bribes and is being prosecuted by the Supreme People's Procuratorate."

is ongoing and it is a normal criminal case. No political factor in it. There is no political persecution. The wife of Meng applied for asylum in France, it is abuse of French procedures. Hope and will hold proper and sound cooperation and deal with this case properly, he added.

Meng, 65, once a rising political star of the ruling (CPC) held the powerful post of before being appointed as the the country's to the

He was expelled from the CPC and removed as the of for serious disciplinary violations and suspected of graft.

Grace told media in on Tuesday that she and her children have been granted political asylum by the

"If hadn't protected me, I would have been killed ages ago. It's a second life for us, me and my children, Meng said.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 15:51 IST