Former China military leader admits to graft

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Guo Boxiong found to have taken advantage of his position to assist promotion and relocation of other people, accepted huge amount of bribes

By Mahmut Atanur

BEIJING – A former Chinese military leader has confessed to participation in corruption after a yearlong probe into his affairs.

State news agency Xinhua reported military prosecutors as saying Tuesday that Guo Boxiong had admitted to taking bribes.

A procedure has now started to prosecute Guo, the former vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, said a statement from the military procuratorate — China’s highest agency at the national level for both prosecution and investigation.

It added that Guo “was found to have taken advantage of his position to assist the promotion and relocation of other people, and accepting an extremely huge amount of bribes personally and through his family”.

On July 31 last year, Boxiong, who served at the commission from 2002 to 2012, was expelled by the Communist Party of China (CPC) and his case was sent to military prosecutors.

“His acts seriously violated the CPC’s discipline and left a vile impact,” a disciplinary investigation into the 73-year-old — which had been taking place since April 9 — stated.

Guo is just one of a number of high profile party members who have come under investigation by the country’s top anti-graft watchdog.

 

 

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