How China punishes its powerful generals & officials for corruption
BEIJING: A military court in China jailed for life a former top military officer for corruption, stripping him of his title of general and seizing his assets, the latest prosecution in President Xi Jinping’s drive against graft in the armed forces.
Guo Boxiong, 74, was a vice chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission until he stepped down in 2012. Last year, the government said it would prosecute him for graft.
The official Xinhua news agency said in a report also carried on the Defence Ministry website all of Guo’s “illicit money and materials” had been confiscated and turned over to the state.
Guo’s case was held behind closed doors as it involved military secrets.
Guo abused his position to help others with promotions and took “massive” bribes, either on his own or in connivance with others.
Guo admitted to his crimes, expressed regret and accepted the judgment. He would not appeal.
23 Jan 2017: Su Rong, former vice chairman of the National Committee of the CPPCC, was sentenced to life in prison for taking bribes.
Su Rong, former vice chairman of the National Committee of the CPPCC, was sentenced to life in prison on Monday for taking bribes. pic.twitter.com/NbhpLoIAYC
— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) January 23, 2017
20 Jan 2017: A total of 7,900 Chinese officials have been punished for corruption since 2012, according to People’s Daily, China.
29 Dec: Wang Jianping, Deputy Chief of General Staff of the PLA, is under investigation on suspicion of bribery: MOD
Wang Jianping, Deputy Chief of General Staff of the PLA, is under investigation on suspicion of bribery: MOD, Thu pic.twitter.com/MgKWO7ZZtN
— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) December 29, 2016
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Ling Zhengce, former senior official in China’s #Shanxi Province, sentenced to 12.5-year jail for receiving bribes worth US$2.31million pic.twitter.com/NMiFSsuRSw
— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) December 16, 2016
16 December 2016: Meanwhile, Ling Zhengce, former senior official in China’s Shanxi Province, sentenced to 12.5-year jail for receiving bribes worth $2.3 million.
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Former vice president of Supreme People’s Court sentenced to life imprisonment for taking bribes of over $17 million https://t.co/vv4gxYzBKl pic.twitter.com/B19wWZ42dB
— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) February 16, 2017
A commentary carried on the Defence Ministry’s website said the fight against graft was a “life and death” struggle for the military.
“Corruption is the greatest threat our party faces, and is the top killer of the military’s fighting ability,” it said.
Guo’s son, a major general, Guo Zhenggang, was put under investigation too, last year.
Former vice governor of #Guangdong Province Liu Zhigeng stands trial on Fri for accepting bribes of over $14 million pic.twitter.com/pV6Ib1EvPH
— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) February 24, 2017
His case follows that of Xu Caihou, who was a Central Military Commission vice chairman at the same time as Guo, and died of cancer last year.
Before their retirement, the men had been two of China’s top military officers who served together under Xi’s predecessor, Hu Jintao.
Xi was also a vice chairman with Guo and Xu from 2010-2012, before he became head of the party and military commission chief.
Jing Chunhua, former provincial CPC Standing Committee member from #Hebei Province, sentenced to 18-yr jail for receiving bribes of $8.6 mln pic.twitter.com/oYrLY3NjN7
— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) December 23, 2016
23 Dec: Jing Chunhua, former provincial CPC Standing Committee member from Hebei province, sentenced to 18-year jail for receiving bribes of $8.6 million.
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Liao Yongyuan, former general manager of China's oil giant PetroChina, was sentenced to 15 years on Thu for graft pic.twitter.com/KG7X366d1g
— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) January 19, 2017
Sources said Guo is also suffering from cancer and the military had faced a quandary over whether to put him on trial, in case he died before reaching court, like former comrade Xu.
Serving and retired officers have said graft in the armed forces is so pervasive it could undermine China’s ability to wage war. Xi has made ending military corruption a top goal.
Former head of China’s State Administration of Work Safety, Yang Dongliang, given 15 years in jail for accepting over US$4 million in bribes pic.twitter.com/uyBIebCVuH
— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) February 21, 2017
The anti-graft drive comes as Xi steps up efforts to modernise forces that are projecting power across the disputed waters of the East and South China Seas, though China has not fought a war in decades.
Former Hebei Party chief Zhou Benshun sentenced to 15 years for taking 40M yuan in bribes, Wed pic.twitter.com/XVyIHfy9EU
— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) February 15, 2017
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