Senior Chinese military officer hangs himself

General Zhang Yang. Picture: Reuters

Beiging — A member of the Central Military Commission (CMC) Zhang Yang hanged himself at his home in Beijing on Nov. 23. The incident happened as authorities started an investigation into his connection to two corrupt former senior military officers, Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou, the CMC informed Tuesday.
Zhang, a former member of the Communist Party of China Central Military Commission and former head of the CMC Political Work Department, committed suicide in his home.

The CMC decided to hold talks with Zhang to probe his involvement in the cases of Guo and Xu, two former CMC vice chairmen, on Aug. 28. Investigators said that Zhang had seriously violated rules and regulations. He was also thought of offering and accepting bribes and holding a huge cache of property from unidentified sides.

“Evading the punishment of Party discipline and law by committing suicide was disgusting conduct,” said a commentary on the official website of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), reports Xinhua news.

The commentary said that “the case of Zhang Yang makes clear that a lot still needs to be done in eliminating the pernicious influence of Guo and Xu, and in the construction of Party conduct and honest, clean government, as well as in the fight against corruption.

Published on: November 28, 2017 4:47 pm

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