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383 city officials investigated for corruption

THE city investigated 383 officials for alleged corruption and bribery, the chief Shanghai prosecutor said this morning in the annual report.
Chen Xu, prosecutor general of Shanghai People's Prosecutors' Office, said 336 bribery cases had been confirmed in 2009 involving 279 million yuan (US$41 million).

Fifty-eight of the suspects were on or above the division level, Chen said.

Chen also pointed that a potential further economic loss of 167 million yuan was prevented.

Meanwhile, 31 officials were caught in 27 malfeasance cases. Five of them were above division level officials.

The investigations of the cases are ongoing.

Ying Yong, President of Shanghai Higher People's Court, said that 287 officials were sentenced for corruption, bribery or malfeasance last year, 5.3 percent less officials than 2008. Two of them were bureau level and 47 were division level officials, Ying said.

In December, the former director of the city's Putuo District, Cai Zhiqiang, was arrested for allegedly accepting bribes.

Cai, 45, accepted a "huge amount" of bribes from companies and individuals, promising them profits, according to the Shanghai No. 2 Prosecutors' Office, which is investigating the case.

Yin Kunneng, former office director of the Putuo District government, was arrested in the same week on the same charges, prosecutors said, as investigations widened.

Also in December, Yan Shunjun, a retired former deputy director of the city's Environmental Protection Bureau, was sentenced for 11 years in jail and fined 100,000 yuan for taking bribes.

Prosecutors said Yan took 1 million yuan worth of bribes between 2003 and 2008 from seven contractors.

On February 3, 2009, the former vice governor of the Pudong New Area, Kang Huijun, was sentenced to life in prison for bribery by the Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People's Court.

Kang received 6 million yuan in bribes and also illegally owned at least 11 million yuan worth of property with his wife, Wang Xiaoyin, the court said.

Wang was given a five-year term, and about 18 million yuan of the couple's assets have been repossessed by the government.


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