Date
22 November 2017
Xu Caihou was the most senior military officer to be accused of corruption in decades. Photo: Reuters
Xu Caihou was the most senior military officer to be accused of corruption in decades. Photo: Reuters

Top Chinese general accused of graft dies of cancer

Xu Caihou, former vice-chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, died of bladder cancer Sunday Xinhua reported.

Military prosecutors have dropped their case against him but will deal with his illegal gains according to the law, the military procuratorate said.

The prosecutors finished an investigation into Xu on Oct. 27 and started the process of filing the case.

Xu was expelled from the Communist Party in June and discharged from military service with his rank as general revoked.

He was found to have taken advantage of his position to assist in the promotion of other people and to accept millions of yuan in bribes personally and through his family.

Meanwhile, the chairman of one of China’s top state-owned carmakers and a senior provincial official are being investigated for corruption, Reuters reported.

Xu Jianyi, 61, chairman of China FAW Group Corp., and Qiu He, 58, deputy head of the party in Yunnan province, are being investigated for “serious violation of discipline and laws”, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said on its website. It gave no further details.

FAW has joint ventures with Volkswagen, Toyota and General Motors in China.

Xu and Qiu both hold a rank equivalent to a cabinet vice-minister.

Caixin, a weekly magazine, said Qiu is being investigated for urban construction projects in Kunming, the provincial capital, when he was the city’s party boss from 2007 to 2011.

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