China says Interpol notice issued for outspoken tycoon Guo

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Guo Wengui also known under the names Guo Haoyun and Miles Kwok, is a Chinese businessman, who controls Beijing Zenith Holdings, and other assets.

The Interpol has issued a red notice for Chinese business tycoon Guo Wengui, who is linked to a number of the country's major corruption cases, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The agency issued a "red alert" on Wednesday, which is basically an worldwide arrest warrant for Guo, though the charges he would face are not clear, the New York Post reported.

Guo is believed to be now in London.

Countries requesting "red notices" can also have them published on the Interpol website. He is believed to be in the US or Britain, two countries that do not have extradition treaties with China.

Two months later, the Ministry of Public Security's social media account released a video accusing Guo of blackmailing officials.

Yesterday, scmp.com, quoting unidentified sources, said that Guo was suspected of bribing disgraced former state security vice-minister Ma Jian with 60 million yuan.

Guo did not respond to questions about his relationship with Ma but said that he believed the Interpol notice was issued by Chinese authorities to pressure him to forgo a scheduled live interview later on Wednesday evening with US-government-funded Voice of America.

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His case has been closely followed by Chinese political watchers, who say his leaks could be potentially damaging as internal factions jostle for power in the months leading up to the 19th Party Congress this fall, when a new generation of party leaders will be chosen.

"It's all lies, all threats, " Guo said. "Whether he was the conduit for His Holiness' correspondence with President Xi and Meng Jian Zhu, I have no specific information nor the dates".

The program abruptly ended just as Guo launched into a meandering description of the intrigue and mutual suspicions gripping senior party leaders, including President Xi Jinping and one of his closest allies.

Guo, who has made allegations of high-level corruption against Communist Party officials, has lived overseas since leaving China two years ago.

"A bombshell that screws up the personnel arrangement is exactly the kind of thing that Beijing does not want, " Bishop said, adding that Guo's allegations of rampant corruption involving even the top official in charge of the party's anti-graft agency has thoroughly undermined the party's propaganda efforts.

At the center of Guo's recent corruption allegations are claims that relatives of He Guoqiang, a former member of Politburo Standing Committee, China's most powerful decision-making body, were secretly stakeholders in Founder Securities, a company that Guo sought unsuccessfully to purchase a stake in in 2014.

Guo said he met officials from China's graft-busting Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the Communist Party's Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission in London previous year about Ma's case, adding that facts of the case differed from the allegations in the notice to Interpol.

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