A Chinese army unit in Shijiazhuang has refuted a rumor saying it acted with
violence in a local bath house and has sued its source for slander, the Legal
Daily reported on Monday.
At a recent press briefing, senior officers of the unit said the rumor has
had an extremely negative impact on the reputation of the unit chief and all PLA
units stationed in the city, and has led to prejudice against the army from
An online article posted early this year said the unit leader ordered a band
of his subordinates to destroy equipment and utensils at the Jinbofan bath house
in Shangjiazhuang, capital city of Hebei Province, after being asked to pay for
a cup he broke at the center.
The story has been widely spread since then and has drawn much attention from
the public and even some foreign media, according to the daily.
Local police launched an investigation into the case in mid-August after the
bath center informed them of the article.
Their investigation proved that the case was indeed fake, as all leads
pointed to one local resident, named Ji Shenghui. According to police sources,
it was Ji who uploaded the article to an online BBS under the nickname "Yangtze
Rive 750." However, Ji has denied the accusation, saying someone may have stolen
his online ID and password to disseminate the rumor.
The lawsuit has been registered at a local court, according to sources with