Gen­eral sen­tenced to life for cor­rup­tion, stripped of rank

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Are­tired high-rank­ing mil­i­tary of­fi­cer in China has been sen­tenced to life in jail by a mil­i­tary court for cor­rup­tion, state me­dia re­port.

Guo Box­iong, 74, was ac­cused of us­ing his in­flu­ence to seek pro­mo­tions for oth­ers and of ac­cept­ing bribes. He was stripped of his rank of gen­eral and his per­sonal as­sets have been seized, Xin­hua news agency re­ports.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping has led a ma­jor an­ti­cor­rup­tion cam­paign since tak­ing of­fice nearly four years ago.

Hun­dreds of thou­sands of of­fi­cials have been dis­ci­plined as part of the drive.

From 2002 un­til 2012, Guo served as vice-chair­man of China’s Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, in charge of the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army - the world’s big­gest armed forces.

Dur­ing that time he had also been a mem­ber of the 25-per­son Polit­buro - the power-base of the Com­mu­nist Party.

The Com­mu­nist Party ex­pelled him last year fol­low­ing a cor­rup­tion probe.

Guo’s trial was held be­hind closed doors and Xin­hua did not dis­close the amount of money in­volved. But sources said in April that Guo was pros­e­cuted for ac­cept­ing bribes worth $12.3m (£8.6m).

The de­fence min­istry de­scribed Guo Box­iong as a “greedy de­gen­er­ate” Photo: Reuters

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