A military court announced this week that General Fang Fenghui, the high-profile former chief of joint staff of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), had taken bribes and amassed huge unaccounted wealth.
Fang was also a member of the powerful Central Military Commission (CMC), headed by President Xi Jinping.
Fang, 67, had accompanied President Xi in his first meeting with US President Donald Trump in 2017; the disgraced general had also met the visiting the Indian army chief General Dalbir Singh during his China tour in November 2016.
And in March 2017, a few months after Xi was announced as the “core” of the Communist Party of China, Fang coined the phrase “Central Military Commission (CMC) chairman responsibility system” and said this chain of command must be ensured.Earlier this week, he was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Fang was found guilty of accepting and offering bribes, as well as holding a huge amount of property from unidentified sources, according to the court ruling. He was also deprived of his political rights for life and had his personal properties confiscated,” official news agency, Xinhua said in a report.
“The illicit money and properties confiscated will be turned over to the state coffers,” the report added.
Fang’s case was transferred to the military prosecution authority for suspected bribery in January 2018