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China graft-busters deliver annual reports

China’s top prosecutor Cao JianmingChina’s top prosecutor Cao Jianming and Chief justice Zhou Qiang delivered work reports to the National People’s Congress during the annual parliamentary session, highlighting anti-corruption achievements in 2013 and outlining this year’s planned actions.

According to Cao’s report, a total of 51,306 officials were investigated last year for work-related crimes, namely embezzlement, bribery, misappropriation, abuse of power, dereliction of duty, and malpractices, up by 8.4% from 2012.

253 city-level officials and eight provincial-level officials were investigated for corruption last year, an increase of 41.3% and 60% respectively.

Judicial authorities also arrested 762 fugitives suspected of work-related crimes, leading to the recovery of 10.14 billion yuan ($1.65 billion) in illicit gains.

In addition, 5,515 people were charged for paying bribes, an increase of 18.6% over 2012.

Courts convicted 31,000 officials for corruption, including high-flying politician Bo Xilai, whose trial was broadcast live and reported on social media.  

According to Cao’s report, 210 prosecutors were investigated and punished in 2013 for violating laws and regulations, and 26 are facing criminal charges, up by 26.2% and 13% respectively. In the court system, 381 judges were caught misusing powers and 101 were prosecuted.

This year, prosecutors will target economic crimes related to public funds, state enterprises, urbanizations, food and drug safety and environmental protection, Cao said.

Sources: Xinhua News, China Daily

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Hui Zhi is the Senior Manager for Content with the China Compliance Digest, where a version of this post first appeared.

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