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Dec 04, 2014 04:33 PM

Military Graft Fighters 'Arrest Major General for Taking Bribes'

(Beijing) – Military prosecutors have detained a major general on suspicion she took bribes in construction projects, a source with knowledge of the matter says.

Gao Xiaoyan, 57, was taken away by the prosecutors on November 27, the source said on condition of anonymity. Only a small group of people were notified of the arrest.

She is vice political commissar and secretary of the Communist Party's discipline committee of the People's Liberation Army Information Engineering University in Zhengzhou, in the central province of Henan.

Gao is the first female general to be involved in a corruption investigation since the party held its 18th congress in late 2012 and launched a major campaign against corruption shortly afterward. That campaign has netted thousands of officials, including senior military figures.

Gao was arrested for taking bribes in building projects she oversaw in her previous job, the source said. She served as political commissar at the 309 Hospital in Beijing, which was a branch of the PLA's General Hospital and is now affiliated with the PLA General Staff Department. Gao held the job from late 2005 to 2012.

At the time, a military newspaper credited her with contributing to the completion of "one after another big project," including the building of 15 apartment buildings for hospital employees; a 30,000 square meter underground parking lot; a health care center for senior cadres; and a tuberculosis research center.

Several of her former colleagues at the hospital's logistics and infrastructure department were taken away by investigators before Gao was arrested, including one who no longer worked at the hospital, the source with knowledge of the matter said.

Gao joined the army at the age of 17 in 1974. She was sent to work at a military medical university in Xi'an, capital of the northwestern province of Shaanxi, in 1984, and rose through the ranks. In 1996, she and her husband moved to Beijing, where she worked at a research facility under the PLA General Logistics Department.

In 2012, she was transferred to her current position and promoted to major general.

(Rewritten by Wang Yuqian)

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