Date
11 December 2017
File picture shows Xu Caihou (left) and former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai attending a plenary session of the National People's Congress in March 2012. Photo: Bloomberg
File picture shows Xu Caihou (left) and former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai attending a plenary session of the National People's Congress in March 2012. Photo: Bloomberg

Retired general to go on trial over 36 million yuan bribes

Xu Caihou, retired deputy chairman of the Central Military Commission, is likely to be the highest military officer to stand trial for corruption after investigators found he accepted bribes worth 36 million yuan (US$5.8 million) from Gu Junshan, former deputy logistics chief of the People’s Liberation Army, Sing Tao Daily reported on Friday.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection has completed its investigation and transferred the case to the prosecutors in early June, the newspaper said, citing information from a microblog by Liu Gen, dean of Hainan-based Haikou College of Economics.

Liu’s microblog, in which he said authorities will make a public announcement of the trial very soon, was deleted an hour after it was posted, the newspaper said. But it said other sources with knowledge of the matter corroborated the professor’s information.

Online newspaper Bastille Post reported on Wednesday that Xu, 71, underwent the party’s internal disciplinary process, also known as “shuanggui”, for suspected corruption. It placed the amount of bribes that Xu had received at more than 10 million yuan.

Unnamed sources were quoted as saying that Xu has been suffering from cancer of the bladder. Other unverified rumors said he has been terminally ill since April.

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