Disgraced Chinese general commits suicide after corruption scandal


By Minne Chan

General Zhang Yang, a former head of the powerful Central Military Commission’s (CMC) political work department, committed suicide last week, Chinese state media reported on Tuesday.

A source close to the former Guangzhou Military Command told the South China Morning Post Zhang, 66, hanged himself at his home in Beijing on the morning of November 23, and the news of his death had been relayed to all People’s Liberation Army theatre commands. Xinhua confirmed the circumstances of his death.

Xinhua said Zhang had been linked to former disgraced CMC vice-chairmen Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou, and had serious disciplinary violations – a euphemism for corruption.