Former head of China’s top military academy suspected in graft probe

General Wang Xibin is no longer a member of the National People’s Congress

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 25 February, 2017, 12:22am
UPDATED : Saturday, 25 February, 2017, 12:22am

A former president of China’s top military academy has been implicated in a graft probe, state media report.

General Wang Xibin, a former head of the National Defence University, said he resigned his membership in the National People’s Congress on Friday, Xinhua reported, adding that Wang is under investigation on suspicion of crimes related to his duties.

The report did not give any further detail about the investigation of Wang, 69, who led China’s top military education university from 2007 to 2013.

There have been repeated rumours that Wang was involved in the corruption cases of General Xu Caihou, a former vice-chairman of the Communist Party’s Central Military Commission, and Xu’s ally Lieutenant General Gu Junshan, former deputy logistics chief of the People’s Liberation Army.

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Xu, who died in 2015 while awaiting prosecution, was among the most senior military officers in the PLA to be netted in the anti-graft campaign launched by President Xi Jinping since he took office in late 2012.

Gu, who was sacked in January 2012, was given a suspended death sentence with a two-year reprieve by a military court for corruption in 2015, for receiving about 600 million yuan (US$87.3 million) in bribes.

Three other NPC delegates, including former deputy governor of Gansu province Yu Haiyan, were also expelled from the body due to disciplinary misconduct.