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China brings graft charges against top general: media

Chinese prosecutors brought corruption charges Monday against a top general, state media reported, in a case highlighting abuse of power in the country's vast military.

The Xinhua News Agency said a military prosecutor charged Lt. Gen. Gu Junshan with embezzlement, bribery, misuse of state funds and abuse of power.

Gu had been deputy head of the People's Liberation Army's General Logistics Department, a position offering him wide-ranging powers over procurement and contracts for the 2.3 million-member armed forces.

Gu has not been seen since early 2012.

In Shanghai, Gu allegedly received a 6 percent kickback for a military plot that fetched more than 2 billion yuan (US$330 million), and in his hometown of Puyang, his family was known for land grabs and real estate developments, the business magazine Caixin said.

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