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Corruption convictions jumped last year on mainland

2020-05-26 HKT 13:45
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  • An official report says 18,585 people were prosecuted for crimes related to corruption on the mainland last year, a 90 percent year-on-year increase. File photo: Reuters
    An official report says 18,585 people were prosecuted for crimes related to corruption on the mainland last year, a 90 percent year-on-year increase. File photo: Reuters
The number of convictions related to corruption nearly doubled on the mainland last year, according to a report by Beijing's top prosecutor, as President Xi Jinping ramped up his crackdown on graft.

According to the annual report from the Supreme People's Procuratorate, 18,585 people were prosecuted for crimes related to corruption last year, a 90 percent year-on-year increase.

Sixteen cases involved former provincial or ministerial-level Communist Party cadres, including former Yunnan party chief Qin Guangrong, who was accused of taking bribes.

The latest high-profile targets of the anti-corruption campaign include former shipbuilding executive Hu Wenming and ex-deputy national security minister Sun Lijun, who were both placed under investigation for "serious violations of discipline and the law" in May and April respectively.

Last year also saw a 50 percent rise in the number of cases involving Communist Party members transferred to prosecutors for investigation, according to the report, which was discussed by the National People's Congress on Monday afternoon.

A total of 25,000 trials involving corruption, malfeasance and bribery were concluded last year, which led to 29,000 people being convicted, according to the Supreme People's Court work report. 

More than a million officials have been punished under the anti-corruption campaign so far, which has been a cornerstone of Xi's seven-year tenure.

Critics have accused the campaign of targeting Xi's political enemies. 

The Supreme People's Court also reported that there were 22 trials under the controversial martyrs' law, which criminalises all insults to Communist heroes.

Several internet users and even an online comic platform have been punished since the law was introduced in 2018.

There was also a notable increase in the number of prosecutions last year for cyber crime and intellectual property infringement, at 33 and 32 percent respectively.

The report also said that more than 2,500 people were prosecuted for coronavirus-related criminal offences between February and April this year. (AFP)