Date
17 August 2017
Xu Caihou is alleged to have taken huge bribes in exchange for favors. The former general has already been stripped of his military rank and expelled from the Communist Party. Photo: qtv.com.cn
Xu Caihou is alleged to have taken huge bribes in exchange for favors. The former general has already been stripped of his military rank and expelled from the Communist Party. Photo: qtv.com.cn

Former top general Xu Caihou indicted on bribery charges

Xu Caihou, retired vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, is said to have been officially indicted by the PLA Military Procuratorate for taking huge amount of bribes directly and through his family.

According to a military procuratorate statement that was cited by the official Xinhua news agency, Xu, 71, was found to have taken advantage of his position to ensure the promotions of some military personnel, and accepting huge bribes personally and through his family. He is said to have sought monetary benefits in exchange for favors.

The total amount of bribe money involved was “extremely large”, the statement said.

According to the statement, Xu has confessed to taking huge bribes.

Although Xinhua did not specify exactly how much Xu is alleged to have taken, Zhang Musheng, who is close to Liu Yuan, the political commissar of the PLA general logistics department, said recently that authorities have confirmed that the amount exceeded one billion yuan (US$163.59 million).

Xu, who was expelled from the Communist Party in June and also stripped of his military rank, was diagnosed with bladder cancer in February last year and is still undergoing treatment, according to a statement on the national defense ministry’s website.

As for what penalty Xu might face, China Military Online cited an official in the Procuratorate as saying that all charges will be based on facts and that there will be no leniency.

A commentary posted on the website said it will be impossible for the Communist Party’s central committee to go easy on Xu despite his serious illness. The Central Military Commission wouldn’t show any mercy, the article said.

The CPC Central Committee in June described the Xu case as a serious one. It said anyone, no matter what authority and office he holds, will receive stiff punishment if found guilty of violating Party discipline and law.

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