China on Tuesday sentenced a former head of Interpol to 13-and-a-half years in jail over charges of corruption, media reports said.

According to the South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong-based daily, China’s Tianjin No 1 Intermediate People’s Court found Meng Hongwei guilty of misusing his public authority between 2005 to 2017 when he served as vice-minister of public security and chief of China’s maritime police.

The court said that Meng had received bribes totaling 14.46 million yuan ($2.1 million) in 12 years.

Meng was the first Chinese national to head Interpol. He was elected to head Interpol in

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