Oct. 7: Confirmation, resignation

Meng was supposed to be in his post until 2020. On Sunday evening local time, the Communist Party’s internal graft investigation body and a national anti-corruption agency said in a one-sentence statement that Meng was under investigation. Not long after, Interpol said that the 64-year-old had resigned.

The same day, Grace Meng gave an impassioned press conference in Lyon, her face hidden from the cameras.

“From now on, I have gone from sorrow and fear to the pursuit of truth, and responsibility toward history,” she said, speaking in Chinese. “For the husband whom I deeply love, for my young children, for the people of my motherland, for all the wives and children, so that their husbands and fathers will no longer disappear.”

Oct. 8: China’s “high-voltage” rule of law

In a lengthy statement carried on Chinese news outlets, the Ministry of Public Security elaborated on (link in Chinese) the reasons for Meng’s detention:

…Meng Hongwei’s investigation for bribery and suspected violation of the law was very timely, completely correct, and very wise. It fully demonstrates the clear attitude of the party Central Committee with comrade Xi Jinping as the core to strictly manage the party and carry out the anti-corruption struggle. It resolutely demonstrates that there is no privilege and no exception before the law. Anyone who violates the law must be severely punished. We must resolutely uphold the authority and dignity of the law, bearing in mind that the red line of the law cannot be overstepped… It is necessary to make the legal system a ‘high-voltage line’ of electricity.

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