In crackdown on graft, China probed 2,723 officials in 2010

The number includes 188 at the prefecture level and six at the ministerial level.

Updated: Mar 11, 2011, 21:22 PM IST

Beijing: In a crackdown against corruption, the Chinese government last year investigated 2,723 officials at or above the county level, said a senior Chinese official.

The number includes 188 at the prefecture level and six at the ministerial level, a news aegncy quoted Procurator-General Cao Jianming as saying Friday.

In a report delivered at the ongoing annual parliamentary session, Cao stated the prosecutors arrested 1,282 fugitives for work-related crimes in 2010 and recovered illicit money and goods worth of 7.4 billion yuan (USD 112.5 million).

Prosecutors investigated 44,085 people in 32,909 work-related crimes in 2010, respectively registering a year-on-year increase of 6.1 percent and 1.4 percent respectively, he said.

China will target corruption and officials` misconduct behind major accidents and "mass incidents", usually referring to protests and illegal gatherings, in its graft probe in 2011, he said.

Prosecutors will also focus on investigating and handling crimes by leading government organs and officials for corruption, malfeasance and dereliction of duty this year, he added.

Work-related crimes in "key sectors and links", misconduct such as power abuse and corruption by officials in grassroots administrations, and officials who serve as "protective umbrella" for mafia-style gangs and evil forces would be targeted in prosecutors` fight against corruption this year, Cao stated.