China Leadership Monitor

Lawyers, Guns and Money: The Coming Show Trial of General Xu Caihou

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Beijing, China
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On 30 June 2014, the Chinese Communist Party expelled former Politburo member and Central Military Commission vice-chair Xu Caihou for corruption following a three-month investigation. His case was transferred from the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection to the military justice system for possible criminal prosecution, making him the highest-ranking military officer to be prosecuted since the founding of the PRC in 1949. His primary crime involved “trading offices for bribes,” and reportedly was uncovered during the investigation of General Gu Junshan. This article examines the Xu case, and assesses its implications for Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign and the military.

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Lawyers, Guns and Money: The Coming Show Trial of General Xu Caihou