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Nov 28, 2017 05:46 PM
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Quick Take: Newspaper Blasts General for Killing Self During Investigation

zhang yang. Photo: Visual china
zhang yang. Photo: Visual china

The Chinese military’s flagship newspaper, the PLA Daily, on Tuesday condemned former senior military official Zhang Yang for killing himself during a corruption investigation.

Zhang, a member of the Central Military Commission, was found to have hanged himself at home on Thursday, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency. Zhang was put under investigation on Aug. 28 over his connections to disgraced former Central Military Commission vice chairmen Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou. He was allowed to stay at his home during the investigation.

“Zhang Yang has killed himself because he was afraid of criminal punishment!” the newspaper raged in an opinion piece on its official website on Tuesday. “This general, who once held a high position and power, ended his life in such a shameful way.”

Zhang was found to have “seriously violated party disciplines and laws,” and was suspected of giving and accepting bribes, Xinhua said. Zhang also had a large number of assets that he could not account for.

In July, Guo was sentenced to life in prison for taking bribes.

Xu died of cancer in 2015 while he was under investigation for corruption. Dozens of top government and military officials have been brought down since Chinese leader Xi Jinping initiated an anti-graft campaign in late 2012.

Zhang was head of the PLA General Political Department since 2012, and continued to head the political work department of the Central Military Commission from January 2016 to August 2017.

Contact reporter Wu Gang (gangwu@caixin.com)

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