Ma­jor prose­cu­tions in­creased in 2013

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties in­ves­ti­gated 27,236 em­bez­zle­ment and bribery cases be­tween Jan­uary and Novem­ber last year, sen­tenc­ing 36,907 peo­ple, the Supreme Peo­ple’s Procu­ra­torate said in a state­ment.

Of those cases, 80 per­cent were con­sid­ered ma­jor or im­por­tant, which the top procu­ra­torate de­fines as em­bez­zle­ment and bribery cases in­volv­ing more than 50,000 yuan ($8,270) or ear­mark­ing pub­lic funds over 100,000 yuan.

The num­ber of se­ri­ous cor­rup­tion cases has risen over the past five years. In 2012, there were 20,442 ma­jor and im­por­tant cases, com­pared with 18,464 in 2011 and 17,594 in 2008, ac­cord­ing to the procu­ra­torate.

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