Top Chinese Army Gen caught with over USD 98 million assets
Beijing (Dec. 09, 2014): A top Chinese General under scanner for corruption was found to have 60 houses, 400 kgs of gold jewelry and expensive art works amounting to a staggering over USD 98 million, a state media report said on Tuesday.
Former Deputy Chief of the PLA's General Logistics Department-- Lt General Gu Junshan-- was found to have amassed goods and property worth more than 600 million yuan (USD 98 million) from bribes, state-run China Daily reported.
Gu was charged with embezzlement, bribery, misuse of State funds and abuse of power in March.
Such a haul would be the largest in any corruption case involving a member of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), the report said.
His three siblings and his secretary, Qiao Xijun, were also arrested.
Investigators are working to determine whether more than 40 other officers were involved in his alleged misconduct, it said.
The anti-graft campaign targeting the armed forces is likely to continue, according to a report in the Phoenix Weekly.
The China Daily also reported that Gen Dai Weimin, Dean of PLA's Nanjing Political College was held for probe into corruption charges, especially allegations that he took bribes in connection with land and construction projects.
The PLA was hit by major corruption scandals since early this year after several top officials including Gen Xu Caihou -- the powerful Vice Chairman of Military Commission under former President Hu Jintao who controlled the armed forces till 2012-- were found to have accumulated vast wealth.
The anti-corruption drive was launched by incumbent President Xi Jinping.
70-year-old Xu was placed under official investigation on corruption charges, along with his wife, daughter and one of his former secretaries.
Gu was another General owned dozens of properties in Beijing while his brother, who set up plants to produce military supplies, had built seven villas.
Previous reports said Gu's compound occupied nearly a hectare of land, built on the lines of the Forbidden City.
Gu's position gave him extensive influence over the procurement of housing, infrastructure and supply contracts for China's 2.3-million-strong armed forces.
The case allegedly involves State property worth 30 billion yuan (USD 5 billion).
Investigators raided a storage basement that Gu kept at his home village in Henan province, seizing four truckloads of items, including 20 crates of liquor and 400 kg of gold.
Gu became a grassroots officer in the armed forces in Henan when he graduated from high school, but was promoted rapidly to the vice-minister level.
The trial will be heard behind closed doors by a military court, as cases involving military secrets or that concern national security are not tried in public, the report said.