'Decadent lifestyle' costs top naval officer his job

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 April, 2006, 12:00am

A corruption scandal has hit the People's Liberation Army, with a top navy commander rumoured to have been sacked as Beijing's vows to step up the anti-graft battle.

Deputy navy commander Wang Shouye , a vice-admiral, was stripped of his post because of his decadent lifestyle and involvement in financial scandals, according to a report yesterday in the Beijing-backed Wen Wei Po.

Quoting unnamed sources, the report said Vice-Admiral Wang, 63, came to the top military leadership's attention after his former mistress reported him last year.

The report said he had either been put under shuanggui - a form of Communist Party disciplinary investigation - or been exempt from punishment.

He made his last public appearance in November and did not show up at the annual session of the National People's Congress last month.

Navy commander Zhang Dingfa , also 63, who is rumoured to have been fighting cancer, made his last public appearance in December. Admiral Zhang's absence at the NPC was confirmed by a senior PLA general.

Vice-Admiral Wang was director of the PLA's housing reform office at the General Logistics Department before he was promoted to deputy navy commander in 2001. He was due to retire in June.