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CPC names 8 corrupt officials to be prosecuted
January 10, 2014, 5:15 am

A woman walks past a wall covered with Chinese characters from chapters of John Rawls' book "A Theory of Justice" outside an art gallery in Beijing [AP]

A woman walks past a wall covered with Chinese characters from chapters of John Rawls’ book “A Theory of Justice” outside an art gallery in Beijing [AP]

In a boost to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive, more high ranking Chinese officials were probed for graft last year.

The Communist Party of China’s discipline watchdog closed graft investigations into eight high-profile officials and handed over their cases to prosecutors in 2013, said a senior Chinese official on Friday.

The provincial and ministerial level officials being probed are Zhou Zhenhong, Liu Tienan, Ni Fake, Wang Suyi, Li Daqiu, Tong Mingqian, Yang Kun and Qi Pingjing, said a CPC official Huang Shuxian at a press conference in Beijing.

As China’s fight against corruption picks up steam, these were among 31 high-profile officials investigated by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) last year.

23 other high-profile Chinese officials are still under investigation, including Jiang Jiemin, former head of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, and Li Dongsheng, former vice minister of public security.

Last year, the ruling CPC punished about 182,000 officials nationwide, 13.3 per cent more than in 2012, according to Huang.

The CCDI also announced in December a regulation that requires officials to report and disclose their family assets.


TBP and Agencies

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