AP Exclusive: Ex-Interpol chief's wife gets asylum in France

AP Exclusive: Ex-Interpol chief's wife gets asylum in France
FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2018, file photo, Grace Meng, the wife of missing Interpol President Meng Hongwei, who does not want her face shown, consults her mobile phone in the lobby of a hotel in Lyon, central France, where the police agency is based. The wife of Meng Hongwei, the former Interpol president jailed in China for what she believes are political reasons, says France has granted asylum to her and their two young boys. (AP Photo/John Leicester, File)

PARIS (AP) — The wife of Meng Hongwei, the former Interpol president jailed in China, says France has granted her refugee status.

Grace Meng says the decision marks the start of “a second life” for her and their two sons. She told The Associated Press on Monday that she believes that “if France hadn’t protected me, I would have been killed ages ago.”

Her last communication with her husband was an emoji of a knife he texted her from China shortly before he disappeared on a trip to Beijing last September. China subsequently announced that the ex-vice minister for public security had been expelled from the ruling Communist Party and been indicted on bribery charges.

Grace Meng’s legal team filed her asylum request in November to authorities in France, where Interpol is based.