PLA backs ousting of corrupt military leader

Updated: 2014-07-03 12:35


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BEIJING - All units of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) have voiced support to the expulsion of Xu Caihou from the Communist Party of China (CPC) for alleged corruption, the PLA Daily said.

The general departments of staff, politics, logistics and armament, as well as CPC committees of the navy, air force and the second artillery force believe the decision by the CPC Central Committee was correct and displayed the Party's firm resolve to fight corruption with an attitude of zero tolerance, according to the newspaper which has carried articles on Xu, 71, from Tuesday through Thursday.

Military area commands of Shenyang, Beijing, Lanzhou, Jinan, Nanjing, Guangzhou and Chengdu also showed their support and loyalty to the CPC and President Xi Jinping, who also serves as chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), the reports said.

Xu, former vice chairman of the CMC, may face prosecution as his case has been forwarded by the CPC discipline agency to prosecutors.

Investigations by the Party's discipline watchdog found that Xu took advantage of his post to assist the promotion of other people and accepted bribes personally and through his family members.

He is also accused of seeking profits for others in exchange for money and properties, through his family members.

The graft probe into Xu showed the CPC's determination to safeguard the integrity of the Party and the PLA. All the officers of the PLA must follow the instructions of the CPC Central Committee and Chairman Xi to contribute to building a strong military, the daily said.

The paper urged education, management and supervision over Party members in the armed forces to maintain the purity of the Party.