China's tightens fight against graft

Updated: 2007-01-06 20:07

BEIJING -- China's prosecutors on Saturday vowed to intensify their clampdown on corruption, dereliction of duty and major economic crimes closely related to the public interest.

"The procuratorial organs are improving their efficiency in dealing with major corruption cases and have punished a large number of government officials," said Jia Chunwang, procurator-general of the Supreme People's Procuratorate.

In the last two months of the year, China's procurators investigated 32,369 cases involving 38,457 officials who were accused of taking bribes or dereliction of duty. More than 17,440 cases involved huge amount of money and 2,632 officials above the county-head level were prosecuted or punished.

Also, 8,593 commercial bribery cases involving civil servants were put on file for investigation during the first 11 months of last year.

The central government allocated a total budget of 930 million yuan (US$116.25 million) in 2006 to local prosecutors, providing good resources to backup the country's anti-corruption campaign, said Jia.

He said prosecutors will concentrate on crimes relating to land acquisition, social security funds, medical care, government procurement, resource exploitation, the bankruptcy and restructuring of state-owned enterprises.

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