Date
22 January 2017
Guo Boxiong, former vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, has confessed to taking huge bribes from other officers for promotions and transfers, the military says. Photo: Reuters
Guo Boxiong, former vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, has confessed to taking huge bribes from other officers for promotions and transfers, the military says. Photo: Reuters

China accuses top ex-military official of massive corruption

China announced Tuesday that it has completed an investigation into Guo Boxiong and found that the former top military official took huge bribes in return for helping other officers win promotions or transfers. 

In a brief statement posted on the Defence Ministry’s website, the military said that Guo has confessed to the corruption and that he has been handed over for prosecution, Reuters reported.

Guo, 74, was a vice chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission until he stepped down in 2012.

In July last year, authorities announced an anti-graft investigation into the senior military official.

“Guo Boxiong used his position to provide help for others in promotions or reassignments, and took a massive amount of bribes either directly or via his family,” the military said in a statement, which was carried by the official Xinhua news agency.

“Guo Boxiong confessed everything.”

Investigators collected a mass of evidence against him but also ensured he had access to a lawyer and read and signed off on all the transcripts of his questioning, according to Xinhua.

Guo’s case follows that of Xu Caihou, who was also a Central Military Commission vice chairman at the same time as Guo, and died of bladder cancer in March last year, Reuters noted.

The government said in 2014 that Xu had confessed to taking “massive” bribes in exchange for help in promotions.

Before their retirement, the men had been two of China’s top military officers who served together under Xi’s predecessor, Hu Jintao. 

Guo’s son, Guo Zhenggang, who is a major-general, was put under investigation in March last year.

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