Guo Zhenggang, the fallen son of retired Central Military Commission vice-chair Guo Boxiong, married his second wife in a shotgun wedding and had planned to flee to Sweden before his arrest, according to a report from Hong Kong’s Phoenix Television.
The 45-year-old major-general, a deputy political commissar of Zhejiang Military District, was one of 14 military officials to be probed, charged or convicted for graft in an announcement from China’s military procuratorate on March 2. He was reportedly transferred from Hangzhou to Beijing to face charges shortly prior to the commencement of the annual “two meetings” of the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference earlier this month.
Guo’s second wife, Wu Fangfang, has also reportedly been detained by authorities after being accused of fraud relating to a business dispute between tenants of a commercial complex that she runs.
The Phoenix Television report claims that Guo only married Wu in December 2012 because she fell pregnant after a hotel tryst. Guo was still married at the time and was forced to divorce his first wife when Wu, who is about a year his senior, came to his office one day and shocked him with news of the pregnancy. The couple gave birth to a son just two months after they were married.
Born in 1969, Wu, who turns 46 in April, grew up in east China’s Zhejiang province. Prior to meeting Guo, Wu was said to have been an unsuccessful businesswoman who became the “sugar mama” of a 20-something man after her first husband left her. She reportedly gave the young man a car, a property and 6 million yuan (US$962,000) when they eventually broke up.
It is not clear how Wu actually met Guo though a businessman in her circle says it is likely that they became acquainted through commercial dealings or events because she is great at socializing and showing off about her business endeavors. Well into her 40s, Wu is said to still enjoy wearing high heels, miniskirts and low-cut blouses.
Wu’s businesses thrived after marrying Guo as she allegedly began taking full advantage of military-owned property and business operations under the control of her husband. Through her involvement, rental income for stalls at a market in Hangzhou reportedly spiked from 18,000 yuan (US$2,890) per year to 75,000-80,000 (US$12,000-12,800) per year.
According to a military source, Guo’s parents still refuse to acknowledge that Wu is part of their family and have even denied her existence.
Media reports have also alleged that Guo and Wu had planned to run off to Sweden prior to their arrests. Guo was said to have begun planning the escape last April and even flew over to Europe under the guise of a military inspection mission. He later tried to apply for an embassy position in Western Europe but was denied.
In February 2015, Guo applied for three days of leave to visit his father with his wife in Beijing on March 1, but had really intended to use the opportunity to flee the country. Sources say their plan was to fly from Hangzhou to Shenzhen under false identities, then to cross over into Hong Kong to catch a flight to Sweden. Authorities, however, saw through the scheme and arrsted him on Feb. 25.
Several media outlets, including Reuters, claim that Guo Boxiong was placed under investigation two days after his son’s arrest, though this has yet to be announced or confirmed by official sources.
Source: Want China Times