Chinese state media say a top military leader has been indicted on bribery charges.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Tuesday that prosecutors found that Xu Caihou, former deputy chairman of the Central Military Commission, took "especially huge amounts" in bribes directly or through his family members to help others get promoted or to seek benefits for others.

Xinhua said Xu has admitted to the allegations.

Xu is the most senior military figure snared in a sweeping crackdown on corruption launched by President Xi Jinping, and his case points to rampant corruption in the military ranks.

Xu was the most senior uniformed officer, and in the military hierarchy ranked behind only then-President Hu Jintao, who was the commission chairman.