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China army officer's gold, liquor haul seized in graft expose

Published on Jan 16, 2014 12:22 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - A top Chinese military officer owned dozens of homes, gold statues and crates of luxury liquor, reports said on Thursday, in rare revelations of corruption in the country's armed forces.

The expose on Gu Junshan, a former lieutenant general and deputy logistics chief for the People's Liberation Army believed to be under investigation, came as China's leaders ramp up a much-publicised crackdown on official corruption.

"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 "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 province of Henan housed several gold art pieces, the magazine Caixin reported on Wednesday after a two-year investigation.

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