A former top Chinese general has been sentenced to a de facto life sentence for corruption, state media said.
Gu Junshan, a former lieutenant general and deputy head of logistics in the People’s Liberation Army, is the highest-ranking military official known to be convicted under President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Gu, 58, was handed a death sentence suspended for two years following a military court hearing on Monday, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.
The Journal said a suspended death sentenced is normally commuted to a life term after two years of good behavior.
In early 2014, two years after his removal from the military, Gu was charged with embezzlement, receiving bribes, misuse of public funds and abuse of power, Xinhua said. Later he was also charged with offering bribes.
His case marked the first against a military figure since Xi launched his anti-graft campaign more than two years ago.
More than 30 current and former generals have since been charged, including two former vice chairmen of the Central Military Commission.
The military court also stripped Gu of his political rights for life, revoked his military rank, and ordered the confiscation of his personal assets, Xinhua said.
In handing down the sentence, the court took into consideration the fact that Gu had “exposed wrongdoing by other people” and that investigators were able to recover all the stolen money and assets, the military’s official newspaper, PLA Daily, was quoted as saying on its official microblog account.
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