BEIJING – An important Chinese general who was part of the Central Military Commission and was under investigation for corruption has committed suicide, the official news agency Xinhua reported on Monday.
Zhang Yang, former head of the CMC Political Work Department, hanged himself at his home on Thursday, according to officials investigating the case.
In August, the CMC decided to hold discussions with Zhang to investigate his possible connivance in the corruption cases involving Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou, two former CMC vice-chairmen.
Investigators considered that Zhang had committed serious legal and disciplinary violations and was suspected of holding a large amount of property as a result of bribes he had allegedly accepted.
Guo was vice-chairman of the CMC between 2002-2013 and in 2016 he was sentenced to life imprisonment for accepting bribes in return for promotions.
Xu was the highest-ranking military official in the history of the People’s Republic of China to be investigated for corruption.
The case began in 2014, when Xu was accused of receiving bribes on a large scale in return for providing promotions in the army, although he died of cancer in 2015 before he could be tried.
A Chinese newspaper reported in 2014 that Xu was hoarding the money, statues and precious stones that he had received in the basement of his house and that 10 military trucks were needed to transport the treasure.