China probes nearly 37,000 officials for corruption

Beijing, Jan 5: China has investigated as many as 36,907 officials suspected of corruption from January to November in 2013, a report said Sunday.

The officials were allegedly involved in 27,236 cases, 21,848 of these being major and important, reported Xinhua citing a statement from the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.

Major and important cases accounted for 80.2 percent of the total.

Procuratorial organs investigated and dealt with 16,510 cases that directly resulted in losses for the people, which involved 23,017 officials, the statement said.

Of these cases, 12,824 were major and important, with more than 5.51 billion yuan (around $910 million) involved, it added.

The Supreme People’s Procuratorate issued more than 30 documents during the period to standardise law enforcement and improve the quality of handling corruption cases.

The Supreme People’s Procuratorate is the highest procuratorial organ in China and represents the state in independently implementing the right of prosecution.

IANS