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Monday, July 25, 2016, 18:12

Ex-military leader gets life for corruption

By Xinhua

BEIJING - A military court on Monday sentenced Guo Boxiong to life in prison for accepting bribes.

Guo was also deprived of his political rights for life and stripped of his rank of general. His personal assets were seized, and all illicit money and materials were confiscated and turned over to the state treasury.

In April, the military procuratorate said that the amount of bribes Guo is charged with taking was "huge", although it didn't release the amount, and it said the 74-year-old had confessed during the investigation.

Guo was expelled from the Communist Party of China in July 2015.

Guo's son, Guo Zhenggang, who was a major general, was put under investigation for corruption in February 2015.

Xu Caihou, another senior military official who served with Guo as vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, was probed in March 2014 for allegedly taking "massive" bribes. Xu died of bladder cancer in March last year.

President Xi Jinping has made it a key goal to weed out corruption in the military. A number of high-level corruption cases have since been exposed.

In August, after Guo was put under investigation, Defense Minister Chang Wanquan pledged intensified efforts to run the army with "strict discipline and in line with the law".

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