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Chinese general’s trial will be held behind closed doors

world Updated: Apr 01, 2014 23:58 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Sutirtho Patranobis
Hindustan Times
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China is likely to hold the high-profile trial of former top People’s Liberation Army (PLA) general, accused of siphoning of millions of dollars, behind closed doors, experts have said citing national security concerns.

Lieutenant General Gu Junshan, the deputy head of PLA’s general logistics department, was charged on Monday with embezzlement, bribery, misuse of state funds and abuse of power, state media said in a brief statement.

What the statement did not say was that Gu, who held crucial positions in his career, was one of the senior most army officers to be accused of large scale corruption.

Gu was detained early in 2012 but according to reports the government took time to file charges because of the sheer web of corruption he and his family had apparently weaved and the implications that could result from his formal arrest and indictment.

A report published in the Caixin website earlier this year said that a raid at one of Gu’s resident in the city of Puyang in Henan had yield “20 crates of expensive liquor and a number of gold items, including a boat, a wash basin and Mao Zedong.” In all, it yielded four-truckloads of items.

It took two nights for the authorities to confiscate Gu’s property, the report said, giving an indication of the wealth he had amassed.

“A Caixin investigation found Gu owns more than 10 flats near the Second Ring Road (in Beijing), the expensive central area of Beijing. All of these flats were in developments on land that used to be owned by the military. Sources said Gu hoarded the flats and wanted to use them as gifts,” the report said.