Top Chinese general kills self to escape graft probe

Nov 29, 2017, 10:51 IST | Agencies

A top Chinese General has committed suicide to escape a probe against him over his alleged links to two corruption-tainted former PLA generals, becoming the first senior army official to have killed himself in the anti-graft campaign of President Xi

A top Chinese General has committed suicide to escape a probe against him over his alleged links to two corruption-tainted former PLA generals, becoming the first senior army official to have killed himself in the anti-graft campaign of President Xi Jinping. Zhang Yang, 66, a member of the Central Military Commission (CMC) – China's highest military body – hanged himself at his home in Beijing on November 23, state-run Xinhua news agency yesterday quoted the CMC as saying. In its first comment on Zhang's death, the Chinese military has termed the suicide as a "shameful" attempt to escape punishment.

Zhang Yang. pic/afp
Zhang Yang. Pic/AFP

An article posted on the website yesterday of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Daily, official mouthpiece of the Chinese military, said, "Zhang, a paramount and powerful heavyweight, used such a "shameful way to end his life". It described his suicide as a "bad move to escape punishment". Since October last year, Zhang was under investigation over his links to Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou, two former vice chairmen of the CMC.

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