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Shaanxi senior adviser under probe

(Xinhua/China Daily) Updated: 2014-02-19 09:17

Shaanxi senior adviser under probe
File photo of Zhu Zuoli

BEIJING - Zhu Zuoli, a senior political adviser of Northwest China's Shaanxi province, is under investigation for suspected serious discipline and law violation, the discipline watchdog of the Communist Party of China (CPC) said Wednesday.

Zhu became the second high-level official probed in last 24 hours, following Ji Wenlin, vice-governor of Hainan province. >>read more

Zhu is vice-chairman of the Shaanxi Provincial Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

The CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said this in a brief news bulletin on its website.

Ji Wenlin is the first ministerial-level official to be placed under investigation by the Communist Party of China Central Commission for Discipline Inspection this year. Last year, the commission probed at least 17 officials at the same level.

According to the Supreme People's Procuratorate, 30 ministerial-level officials were investigated from 2008 to 2012.

President Xi Jinping said early last year that both "tigers and flies" (senior and lower-level corrupt officials) will be punished and power should be put into "the cage of regulations".

Also on Tuesday, the Supreme People's Procuratorate revealed in a conference that procuratorial organs nationwide had handled 3,423 cases of graft and bribery in January, an 11.6 percent increase over the same period last year.

The number of people involved in these cases increased by 8.2 percent, reaching 4,480. Major cases of graft and bribery increased by 13.7 percent to 2,810, covering 82.1 percent of the total.

While enforcing the investigation of corruption cases involving leading administrative, judicial and law enforcement officials abusing power, the agency will also pay more attention to those cases in economic activities. Areas that will be targeted will include State asset supervision, authorized operation and investment of State-owned capital and the development of the mixed ownership economy, according to the Supreme People's Procuratorate.

The procuratorate also vowed to crack down on cases affecting vital interests of the public, including cases in land acquisition and resettlement, environmental protection, and poverty and disaster relief.


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