Watch­dog re­ports 41 high of­fi­cials pun­ished for graft

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By CHI­NADAILY

The on­go­ing na­tion­wide anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paign has re­sulted in the pun­ish­ment of 41 high-rank­ing of­fi­cials in the first half of this year, the coun­try’s top dis­ci­plinary watch­dog said.

A to­tal of 163,000 of­fi­cials at var­i­ous lev­els were pun­ished dur­ing the first six months, in­clud­ing 41 at pro­vin­cial or min­is­te­rial lev­els, as well as 96,000 oth­ers from ru­ral ar­eas and en­ter­prises, the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion said on its web­site on Thurs­day.

In the first half of the year, 193,000 cases were filed by the CCDI. It said it re­ceived 1.2 mil­lion tipoffs in that pe­riod.

As in­ves­ti­ga­tions by the CCDI have picked up steam since the be­gin­ning of the year, dozens of se­nior of­fi­cials both in gov­ern­ment and the mil­i­tary have been pros­e­cuted or tried.

Among them, Guo Box­iong, for­mer vice-chair­man of the Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, was sen­tenced to life in prison last month for ac­cept­ing huge amounts of bribes.

Guo, 74, was also de­prived of his po­lit­i­cal rights for life and he was stripped of his mil­i­tary rank of gen­eral.

The mil­i­tary court ruled that Guo had taken ad­van­tage of his po­si­tion to as­sist the pro­mo­tion and re­as­sign­ment of oth­ers, and had ac­cepted huge amounts in bribes both per­son­ally and in col­lu­sion with oth­ers.

Gen­eral Tian Xiusi, 66, for­mer po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar of the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army Air Force, was placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion on sus­pi­cion of se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tions of dis­ci­pline in July, the lat­est high-rank­ing of­fi­cer to be held on cor­rup­tion charges.

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