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China to try another political figure as President Xi’s anti-corruption campaign continues

General Xu Caihou, courtesy of WikipediaXu Caihou, the former vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC), has been expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) and his case sent to prosecutors for a court martial, the CPC Central Committee announced on Monday. 

He is believed to have been held under house arrest for several months, BBC News reported on Monday.

The decision to hand Xu over to prosecutors was made at a meeting of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau, conducted by President Xi Jinping, Xinhua News Agency reported. 

According to a statement issued after the meeting, the investigation found that Xu took advantage of his post to assist the promotion of other people and accepted bribes personally and through his family members.

He was also found to have sought profits for others in exchange for money and properties, taken through his family members. 

Xu had been under investigation for disciplinary violations since mid-March, and his case has now been handed over to military prosecutors. 

Xu was CMC vice chairman from 2004 to 2012 and was granted the military rank of General in 1999. 

Two other high-profile figures were also expelled from the Communist Party for corruption on Monday — Jiang Jiemin, the former chief of state energy giant China National Petroleum Corp., and Wang Yongchun, former deputy head of the same company.

And former Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang has been under house arrest since Chinese authorities began investigating him late last year. He is the most senior politician to be subject to a corruption probe since the Communist party came to power in China in 1949.

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Julie DiMauro is the executive editor of FCPA Blog and can be reached here.

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