China cracks down on misconduct among legal professions

The Party's discipline inspection commissions punished 130 cadres in procuratorial organs last year, as part of an intensified fight against misconduct and corruption among lawmen.

Fifty-two of the 130 disciplined were chief prosecutors or deputy chiefs, and the other 78 held leading posts in departments under procuratorates, according to the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP) on Thursday.

Jia Chunwang, procurator-general of the SPP, warned at a national conference here that the harm done by these disgraced prosecutors cannot be underestimated.

He ordered work staff at local procuratorates to improve their work style and maintain their moral integrity, so as to ensure the purity of the country's judicial teams.

More efforts should be devoted to digging out corrupt prosecutors who abuse their power, seek personal gain or harm the public interest by making use of case investigations, Jia said.

Earlier report said that China saw a total of 273 prosecutors disciplined in 2006 for corruption.

Twenty-seven prosecutors are under criminal investigation, according to sources from the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

Meanwhile, a total of 178 police officers were also convicted on criminal charges last year, according to the Ministry of Public Security on Thursday.

Zhu Chunlin, secretary of the ministry's Commission for Discipline Inspection, revealed that officials had uncovered 4,442 cases of violations of administrative and Communist Party discipline.

The cases included extorting confessions by torture, gun abuse and misuse of other police instruments, taking bribes, and government procurement irregularities.

The cases involved 5,942 officers, including 3,044 who received administrative penalties and 858 who were penalized under Communist Party of China rules.

He said the number of cases was 8.4 percent down from 2005.

Source: Xinhua

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