2 more Chinese officers fall in military anti-graft drive

AP News
Posted: Jun 16, 2015 10:41 PM

BEIJING (AP) — China's military has referred two ranking officers to prosecutors amid a continuing crackdown on corruption in the armed forces.

The Defense Ministry said Wednesday that Kou Tie and Liu Zhanqi were placed under investigation in November and their cases were forwarded to prosecutors last month.

Kou had been head of the provincial military command in Heilongjiang in China's northeast, while Liu had been communications chief for the paramilitary People's Armed Police.

Investigations have focused on embezzlement and bribery in the housing construction and logistics divisions, where large amounts of funding and lax supervision create ample opportunities for corruption.

Along with the selling of ranks and positions, such practices are believed to have had a strong negative effect on morale, discipline and combat preparedness in the world's largest standing military.