Philippine general in graft case

A Philippine general accused of corruption is to face a court marshal, according to a military spokesman.

Maj Gen Carlos Garcia is the first member of the military's elite to face charges under the government's "lifestyle checks" for corruption.

Mr Garcia is said to have amassed more than $1m, even though his official salary was just $600 a month.

He had already been suspended without pay for six months while prosecutors investigated his case.

Mr Garcia will face charges of "conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman... [and] fraud against the government," according to army spokesman Maj Gen Edilberto Adan.

"It appears that Maj Gen Garcia failed to declare his true assets in his annual statement of assets and liabilities and net worth," Mr Adan said.

The government was tipped off about Mr Garcia's alleged fraud earlier this year, when one of his sons was detained in the US for failing to declare the $100,000 he was carrying with him.

The Philippines is ranked among the most corrupt places in Asia by international watchdogs.

Allegations of corruption are thought to be one of the main reasons for a coup attempt by junior army officers in July last year.

About 300 angry young soldiers took over a high-rise apartment building in the heart of Manila's financial district, accusing the military elite of selling weapons to rebel groups.

12/10/2004

Bron : BBC News

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