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China suspends official over drunken 'assault' on flight attendant

Published on Sep 4, 2012 1:45 PM
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BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese military official has been suspended and placed under investigation over accusations of a drunken assault on a flight attendant, state media said on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese military official has been suspended and placed under investigation over accusations of a drunken assault on a flight attendant, state media said on Tuesday.

Fang Daguo was suspended from his job with the armed forces department of the southern city of Guangzhou, the state-run China Daily said, after an air hostess accused him of assaulting her in a dispute over his hand luggage.

The woman, Ms Zhou Yumeng, had posted pictures on her Sina Weibo - a microblogging service similar to Twitter - showing injuries she said Fang inflicted, triggering uproar on China's popular social networking sites.

State-run news agency Xinhua said Fang and his wife "stunk of alcohol" when they boarded the China Southern Airlines flight from the eastern city of Hefei to Guangzhou, and that Fang grabbed Zhou's arm hard enough to bruise it.

 
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