Ac­counts used to hide bribes are elim­i­nated

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments are abol­ish­ing spe­cial ac­counts that have been mis­used by of­fi­cials to hide bribes.

The ac­tion comes fol­low­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion in Jan­uary of harsher rules against bribes and gifts..

In Au­gust, the Guizhou gov­ern­ment joined at least three other prov­inces in can­cel­ing a spe­cial bank ac­count that of­fi­cials used to de­posit money and re­main un­der the radar of graft in­ves­ti­ga­tors, an of­fi­cial said.

The first “clean gov­er­nance ac­counts” were es­tab­lished in the 1990s to re­duce cor­rup­tion while pro­tect­ing the pri­vacy of of­fi­cials. Over a dozen pro­vin­cial-level gov­ern­ments had es­tab­lished such ac­counts.

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