|Party-allied paper cites military logistics graft
A top Chinese military officer owned dozens of homes, gold statues and crates of luxury liquor, reports said.
The expose on Gu Junshan, a former lieutenant general and deputy logistics chief for the People's Liberation Army is believed to be under investigation.
“There is grave corruption in the military especially in the logistics sector, but revelations on the military's graft fight is always kept off the radar for the sake of the military's image,'' said the Global Times newspaper, citing an unnamed “anti-graft expert'' who did not want to be named.
Gu owned dozens of apartments in central Beijing, and his mansion in his home town of Puyang in the central Henan province housed several gold art pieces, the magazine Caixin reported on Wednesday after a two-year investigation.
Officials seized “a gold boat, a gold wash basin and a gold statue of Mao Zedong'' along with “crates of expensive liquor'' on the premises known by locals as the “General's Mansion,’’ it said.
Gu's name disappeared from an official list of his logistics department in early 2012 and eventually the defense ministry website, and he left his post that year, Caixin said.
A corruption inquiry has not been officially acknowledged, and was only obliquely referred to when National Defence University professor Gong Fangbin referred to corruption by Gu and his predecessor in an interview last August. –AFP