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China lists 14 generals snared in anti-corruption campaign

Published:Tuesday | March 3, 2015 | 3:00 AM

BEIJING, (AP):

Chinese military prosecutors yesterday released a list of 14 generals convicted of graft or placed under investigation in an accelerating nationwide anti-corruption drive.

Those under investigation include Rear Admiral Guo Zhenggang, the son of the Guo Boxiong, the retired former deputy head of the Central Military Commission that oversees the armed forces.

Guo Zhenggang was suspected of "serious legal violations and criminal offences", the notice said, without giving further details.

Others included leading officers in provincial military commands, as well as ones in the navy, missile corps and National Defence University.

The notice said Lan Weijie, a former deputy commander in the central province of Hubei, was sentenced to life in prison in January for corruption and illegal firearms possession.

Last year, prosecutors indicted Xu Caihou, the military's former number two official, on bribery charges, in a show by President Xi Jinping that no officials would be off-limits.

Corruption in the military is believed to have thrived under Xi's predecessors, Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin, neither of whom had a military background or much standing with top officers.