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Cracking down on corruption

A TOTAL of 33 state employees surrendered themselves to local prosecutors over the past year for their involvement in corruption cases, up 83.3 percent year-on-year, the Shanghai Prosecutors' Office said yesterday.

Local prosecutors received 2,336 reports and tip-offs alleging corruption from June 2009 to May 2010.

"Tip-offs have become a very important source to help prosecutors uncover cases of graft, bribery and malpractice since the corruption reporting center of the prosecution department was formed in June 1988," said prosecutor Lin Zhongming.

"Scared by the reports, more state employees with corruption problems elected to surrender themselves."

Most of the tip-offs were anonymous but 703 people had used their real names.

More than 40 people, whose reports had helped prosecutors uncover cases of corruption, have been awarded a total of 63,200 yuan (US$9,300)

Anyone with knowledge of corruption can call the reporting hotline, 12309, that was opened by the state prosecutors' office in May 2009.

People can also log on to to lodge complaints.

The city's corruption reporting center will evaluate all the information given and share it with all the local prosecution departments, prosecutors said.

This year local prosecutors are concentrating their efforts on uncovering corruption in cases which involved key investment projects, social insurance, relocation, medical matters, emergency rescue and disaster relief, school enrollment and employment and agricultural production.


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