China cracks more govt grafts; 8,840 staff probed

15:06, October 27, 2010      

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Chinese prosecutors handled 6,375 abuse of power and malpractice cases involving civil servants in ten months ending August 2010, a 6 percent increase year on year.

China's chief Procurator Cao Jianming revealed this on Wednesday in his report delivered at the ongoing bimonthly session of China's top legislature.

Cao said 8,840 people were involved in the cases, 10.6 percent more year on year, and the procuratorate had recovered 1.12 billion yuan (US$167 million) of economic losses to state from them.

Cao said the procuratorate had focused on several areas, including abuse of power and squandering state assets in project planning, public bidding and quality supervision. A total of 997 such cases involving 1,262 people were dealt with from November 2009 to August this year.

The procuratorate also targeted the land resource authority, said Cao. A total of 590 such cases involving 781 people had been handled in the same time span.

Also, prosecutors have focused on malpractices leading to environment degradation and waste of natural resources, and malpractice in handling of quake-relief funds and materials.

Cases regarding violation of people's interests and endangering social harmony have also been given particular emphasis.

The 17th Session of the Standing Committee of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) will run until Thursday.



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