China's top judiciaries on Sunday issued a document targeting "new forms of
corruption" in an effort to catch up with the tricks of wily, corrupt officials,
following the regulation issued by China's disciplinary watchdog in June.
The document, co-issued by the Supreme People's Court (SPC) and the Supreme
People's Procuratorate (SPP), set a clear definition of new types of
Major new types of bribe-taking activities include illegally receiving stocks
and shares as gifts, buying commodities such as houses or automobiles at
ridiculously low prices from those who ask them for favors, receiving bribes
through gambling or cooperating with others to operate companies, according to
The officials who take advantage of their posts to make profits for others
but receive money or gifts after their tenures, and who seek profits through
family members, relatives or specially-related persons should also be severely
punished as bribe takers, the document said.
In some circumstances, an official may not be the owner of the bribe, but he
or she can still be convicted of bribery because the intention of the briber is
clear, the document read.
The document also said people who help officials covertly secure bribes will
be punished as "collaborators"and other people who help in obtaining bribes are
also defined as "collaborators".
The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of the Communist
Party of China issued a regulation targeting the same forms of official
corruption that took effect on May 30.
Xia Zanzhong, deputy secretary of the CCDI said official corruption cases
have been more and more concealed in recent years, while current laws and
regulations have no clear and relevant provisions.
Therefore, the newly issued document and the CCDI regulation were hailed by
law experts as "a well-cooperated step of intra-Party discipline and judicial
system" to fight against "more sophisticated power-for-money crimes".
The judicial explanation said "officials who return the money or gifts they
had received in time won't be charged as bribe taking", however, "it will make
no difference to the graft charges if they return the money or gifts during
investigation over themselves or related people."
The document cannot cover all new types of official corruption cases and
courts and procuratorates at all levels should stick to the principle that any
activity of trading power for money should be taken as bribe taking, according
to the SPC and SPP.