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Chinese military prosecutors indict former top general on bribery charges

  • FILE - In this March 9, 2012 file photo, Xu Caihou, left, then deputy chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission, which controls China's military, chats with then Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai, bottom right, after a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.   Chinese prosecutors have indicted the former top military leader on bribery charges, state media said Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

    FILE - In this March 9, 2012 file photo, Xu Caihou, left, then deputy chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission, which controls China's military, chats with then Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai, bottom right, after a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. Chinese prosecutors have indicted the former top military leader on bribery charges, state media said Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this March 11, 2012 photo, Xu Caihou, then deputy chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission, which controls China's military adjusts his glasses during a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. Chinese prosecutors have indicted the former top military leader on bribery charges, state media said Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    In this March 11, 2012 photo, Xu Caihou, then deputy chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission, which controls China's military adjusts his glasses during a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. Chinese prosecutors have indicted the former top military leader on bribery charges, state media said Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this March 11, 2012 photo, Xu Caihou, then deputy chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission, which controls China's military attends a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. Chinese prosecutors have indicted the former top military leader on bribery charges, state media said Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    In this March 11, 2012 photo, Xu Caihou, then deputy chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission, which controls China's military attends a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. Chinese prosecutors have indicted the former top military leader on bribery charges, state media said Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)  (The Associated Press)

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.