(TibetanReview.net, Nov21, 2014) – More than 10 military trucks were needed to haul away huge piles of ill-gotten cash and treasure stashed by Xu Caihou, a former vice chairman of China’s powerful Central Military Commission, in the basement of his luxury home in Beijing, reported Reuters Nov 20, citing a Hong Kong magazine edition that day. Xu is being investigated under President Xi Jinping’s ongoing war on corruption.
Xu retired as vice chairman last year and from the ruling Communist Party’s decision-making Politburo in 2012 and will likely face a court martial now that an investigation has been finished, the report added. His graft probe was announced in June after he was stripped of his title and expelled from the military and the party.
In Mar 2014, prosecutors searched Xu’s luxury home in Beijing and discovered stashed in the basement “more than a ton” of US dollars, euros and Chinese yuan, Phoenix Weekly, a magazine run by Hong Kong broadcaster Phoenix Television, was cited as saying. The stashed items were reported to include countless precious gems and hundreds of kilograms of expensive jade, as well as rare antiques.
The report cited military prosecutors as saying Xu had confessed to taking “massive” bribes in exchange for help in promotions.