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China 'tigers, flies' hunt traps officials

Iran Press TV

Mon Mar 2, 2015 3:36PM

The Chinese president's anti-graft campaign, known for prowling for corrupt political "tigers" and "flies," has entrapped seven military officials.

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) Daily reported on Monday that the country had started probing seven PLA officials.

Those include Guo Zhenggang, son of Guo Boxiong, a former vice chairman of the ruling Communist Party's Central Military Commission.

Also on Monday, the South China Morning Post reported that at least 16 Chinese major generals had been taken for questioning over corruption cases involving their former superiors.

President Xi Jinping (pictured below) has started a hunt for both heavy-weight and low-profile corrupt officials, pledging to pull no punches in purging the ruling party of them.

He and other leaders have warned that rampant fraud threatens the party's decades-long sway.

Xi's anti-graft campaign has ensnared a number of senior figures, including Zhou Yongkang, a former member of China's all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee.

The daily said Lan Weijie, former deputy commander of Hubei Military Region, was sentenced to life imprisonment by Guangzhou Military Court in January for taking bribes, possessing large amounts of property from unidentified sources and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

It was also reported recently that a Chinese court had given a 17-year jail term to Ni Fake, a former deputy governor of the eastern province of Anhui, on charges of accepting around 13 million yuan (USD 2.1 million) in bribes.

According to the AFP, corrupt authorities in China have in recent years preferred art and precious stones rather than money as bribe.


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