Lieutenant-General Gu Junshan
28 October 2012. Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed Phoenix magazine said that Lieutenant-General Gu Junshan will court-martialled for corruption in the next few months, according to three independent sources. The magazine said Gu had built a lavish estate in central Beijing, but did not give further details of how much money was involved. Gu was taken into custody by the military’s disciplinary watchdog a day after he attended a Spring Festival reception for military veterans on 18 January 2012, his last public appearance. General Liu Yuan, Political Commissar of the Logistics Department, wanted to be an anti-corruption hero and caused the down fall of his peer Gu Junshan. Top leadership was not pleased with the moves made by General Liu Yuan. It was widely speculated that Liu Yuan’s chances of promotion to either Vice-Chairman or a member of the party’s decision-making Central Military Commission has been diminished. In addition Gen Liu also had close ties to disgraced politician Bo Xilai, which did not please the top leadership. Lieutenant-General Gu, 56, was sacked earlier this year as Deputy Director of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) General Logistics Department. This is another political scandal ahead of the 18th Party Congress, which opens on 8 November 2012 and which will usher in a change in China’s top leaders.