Liaoning businessman probed for alleged ties to ex-PLA chief: report
A Liaoning businessman who was a member of the national legislature was reportedly investigated by military prosecutors for alleged ties with disgraced PLA chief Xu Caihou.
Wang Chuncheng, 51, chairman of Liaoning-based Chuncheng Industry and Trade Group, was taken away by military prosecutors in April amid the investigation into the former top general, Caijing Magazine reported yesterday.
It referred to Xu only by his surname or as "a big military tiger". But it said an investigation into the "tiger" was launched on March 15, which is the day Xu was officially investigated for suspected corruption.
Xinhua reported last month investigators had evidence that Xu, who was the No. 2 career soldier in the PLA before his retirement last year, had received bribes "personally and through his family members" in exchange for granting military promotions.
Wang started his company as a mining venture in Liaoning and later expanded to Inner Mongolia. He also became involved in the construction of a rail line linking the two areas. He became a delegate of the National People's Congress in 2008. It approved his resignation in April, citing suspicions he had violated the law and party discipline. Xinhua in its report on the decision did not reveal any further details about Wang's case.
Citing an anonymous source "close" to the Supreme People's Procuratorate, Caijing said Wang was investigated as part of Xu's case. Wang had close business ties with Xu's wife and had offered the family property in Hainan as a gift, the report said, citing the prosecution source.
Wang became close to Xu many years ago after Wang's son was allegedly linked to a street fight in Fuxin , Liaoning, that led to the death of a 37-year-old man, it said.
Wang was reportedly introduced to Xu through a friend in Dalian as he sought help to help settle the case. But he never bragged about his relationship with Xu, the report said, citing a person with direct knowledge of the matter.
Wang was detained at the airport by military prosecutors in April after he returned from Japan, according to Caijing. His case has been transferred to city prosecutors.