General's hoard: Properties and gold statues
A TOP Chinese military officer has been exposed as owning gold statues, dozens of homes, and crates of luxury liquor, reports said yesterday, in rare revelations of corruption in the country's armed forces.
The revelations about Gu Junshan, a former lieutenant-general and deputy logistics chief of the People's Liberation Army, came as China's leaders ramp up a crackdown on official corruption.
Gu, who is believed to be under investigation, owned dozens of apartments in central Beijing, and his mansion in Puyang in the central province of Henan housed several gold art pieces, the magazine Caixin reported on Wednesday after a two-year investigation.
The home was modelled on the Forbidden City, the former imperial palace in Beijing. It covered a hectare and was dubbed the "General's Mansion" by locals, the report said.
Officials seized "a gold boat, a gold wash basin and a gold statue of Mao Zedong", along with "crates of expensive liquor" from the premises, it added.
A corruption probe has not been acknowledged officially, but widespread coverage of this week's revelations in China's strictly controlled media indicated that the authorities were willing to have news of Gu's alleged misdeeds publicised.