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China Sentences Former Top General to Life in Prison

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China's People's Liberation Army Gen. Guo Boxiong, seen in this March 9, 2012, file photo, has been sentenced to life in prison on bribery charges, a move that comes as President Xi Jinping attempts to consolidate power and tighten his grip on the world's largest military.

China's People's Liberation Army Gen. Guo Boxiong, seen in this March 9, 2012, file photo, has been sentenced to life in prison on bribery charges, a move that comes as President Xi Jinping attempts to consolidate power and tighten his grip on the world's largest military.

China's former top general has been sentenced to life in prison on bribery charges, a move that comes as President Xi Jinping attempts to consolidate power and tighten his grip on the world's largest military.

Guo Boxiong was also stripped of his rank and forced to give all of his assets to the government, according to the official Xinhua News Agency

The 74 -year-old Guo was once vice chairman of the Central Military Commission and a member of the Communist Party of China's Politburo, the party's main policymaking committee.

Few details were immediately available, but state media reported prosecutors had proof that Guo and his family leveraged his influence to accept bribes and arrange favorable assignments for others.

Hong Kong's South China Morning Post quoted an unnamed military source as saying Guo had taken the equivalent of more than $12 million in bribes.

Guo is one of the most powerful people to fall in Xi's anti-corruption drive. His prosecution had been expected since last year, when his son, Major General Guo Zhenggang, was investigated for corruption.

Some top generals are believed to have accumulated wealth through acts of corruption and they are believed to have created morale and combat readiness issues in the People's Liberation Army.

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