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Seven officials probed for corruption in China

Seven Chinese ministerial-level officials and thousands of bureaucrats were probed for suspected embezzlement or bribery last year.

Beijing: Seven Chinese ministerial-level
officials and thousands of bureaucrats were probed for
suspected embezzlement or bribery last year, a top judicial
official said on Sunday.

Prosecutors investigated thousands of bureaucrats besides
seven Ministerial-level officials, the procurator-general, Cao
Jianming said while delivering a work report at the National
People`s Congress, China`s Parliament.

Prosecutors nationwide investigated a total of 2,524
officials above the county head-level, with 198 at the
prefectural level and seven at the provincial or ministerial
level, he said.

The prosecutors took a hard line on civil servants who
abuse their power for personal gains or take bribes,
investigating 7,366 people in the administrative law
enforcement and 2,395 in judiciary system, Cao said.

Efforts were intensified last year to crack down on crimes
of offering bribes, prosecuting 4,217 bribers, a year-on-year
increase of 6.2 per cent, state-run Xinhua news agency

International judicial cooperation was enhanced as well,
he said, retrieving a total of 7.79 billion yuan of illicit
assets and leading to the arrest of 1,631 fugitive suspects of
work-related crimes.

Cao said greater emphasis was also put to the combination
of punitive and preventive measures in 2011, with
procuratorates at all levels launching extensive publicity
campaigns to prevent work-related crimes.

He said this year the procuratorates will severely crack
down on work-related crimes among officials, crimes seriously
violating people`s economic, personal and democratic rights,
as well as cases involving construction projects, real-estate
development, environment pollution and food safety.

In a separate report to the parliamentary session today,
China`s chief justice Wang Shengjun said courts nationwide
convicted 29,000 people for embezzlement, bribery and
malfeasance last year, "further deepening the anti-corruption


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