Pros­e­cu­tors to go after crooks who pay bribes

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YANand ZHANG YI

Na­tional pros­e­cu­tors will tar­get those who of­fer bribes as they seek to stem­cor­rup­tion among of­fi­cials, the Supreme Peo­ple’s Procu­ra­torate has an­nounced.

Many of the se­nior of­fi­cials who are un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion are al­leged to have ac­cepted large bribes, Song Hansong, di­rec­tor of the procu­ra­torate’s Depart­ment of Duty-re­lated Crime Preven­tion, said on Wed­nes­day.

“Those who give bribes of­ten ap­proach gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, who abuse their power to ob­tain ma­jor ben­e­fits for en­ter­prises in ex­change for huge pay­ments,” he said.

“We will strengthen our in­ves­ti­ga­tions and at­tack the bribe-givers to curb the prob­lem at its root.”

Song said bribery tends to oc­cur in cap­i­tal-in­ten­sive in­dus­tries such as con­struc­tion, fi­nance, ed­u­ca­tion, health and medicine, as well as in the bid­ding process for gov­ern­ment con­tracts.

He added that the in­tro­duc­tion of a na­tional sys­tem to keep track of con­vic­tions for of­fer­ing bribes has helped to un­cover and pre­vent fur­ther cases.

Gao Yun­tao, the depart­ment’s deputy di­rec­tor, said­morethan 4.3 mil­lion in­quiries have been made since the na­tional data­base was set up in 2012. As a re­sult, 2,090 or­ga­ni­za­tions and 2,426 in­di­vid­u­als with crim­i­nal records for of­fer­ing bribes have been de­tected.

The num­ber of in­quiries to the data­base stood at 1.96 mil­lion in the first 11 months of this year, a year-on-year in­crease of 46.3 per­cent.

The in­quiries mainly in­volve re­quests for in­for­ma­tion re­lated to bid­ding, gov­ern­ment pro­cure­ment, loan ap­pli­ca­tions and per­son­nel man­age­ment.

“The sys­tem al­lows or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­di­vid­u­als to sub­mit an in­quiry about an in­di­vid­ual or a company, and a record of any in­volve­ment in bribery is sup­plied,” said Gao.

“Com­pa­nies with records of bribery may face re­stric­tions on their ac­tiv­i­ties, such as bid­ding for projects or ap­ply­ing for bank re­quests for in­for­ma­tion have been made to a na­tional data­base con­tain­ing in­for­ma­tion about cases in­volv­ingg the bribe py­pay­ment

We will strengthen our in­ves­ti­ga­tions and at­tack the bribe-givers to curb the prob­lem at its root.” SONG HANSONG DI­REC­TOR OF THE DEPART­MENT OF DU­TYRE­LATED CRIME PREVEN­TION UN­DER THE SUPREME PEO­PLE’S PROCU­RA­TORATE

loans, or their busi­nesses may be ter­mi­nated.”

The In­dus­trial and Com­mer­cial Bank ofChina re­quires in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions to show they have a clean record be­fore they are al­lowed to par­tic­i­pate in bid­ding and pro­cure­ment, or ap­ply for jobs or seek loans.

The top procu­ra­torate has pledged to fur­ther im­prove the in­quiry sys­tem, giv­ing the pub­lic more in­for­ma­tion about it and ex­plain­ing how to ac­cess the records.

The depart­ment said it will step up its ef­forts to in­ves­ti­gate re­peat of­fend­ers and cases in­volv­ing the of­fer­ing of large bribes. Mem­bers of the pub­lic who re­port cases or pro­vide ev­i­dence will re­ceive re­wards.

Li Wei of the Beijing Lawyer As­so­ci­a­tion said tar­get­ing those who of­fer bribes is an es­sen­tial part of the cam­paign against cor­rup­tion.

“By con­duct­ing thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tions, the pros­e­cu­tors will dig out the cor­rupt of­fi­cials who use their po­si­tions to ob­tain money from crim­i­nals,” she added. Con­tact the writer at zhangyan1@chi­ chi­ and zhang_yi@chi­

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