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China charges former senior military officer with graft

Published on Mar 31, 2014 10:28 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China has charged former senior army officer Gu Junshan with corruption, in what is likely to be the country's worst military scandal since a vice-admiral was jailed for life for embezzlement in 2006.

Gu has been charged with corruption, taking bribes, misuse of public funds and abuse of power, Xinhua news agency said on one of its official microblogs. He will be tried by a military court, it added.

Three sources with ties to the leadership or military, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Gu also sold military positions.

He has been under investigation for corruption since he was sacked as deputy director of the logistics department of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in 2012, sources have said.

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