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Dozens of Shanghai officials in graft cases

DOZENS of city officials were involved in corruption cases last year, the Shanghai Prosecutors Office said yesterday.

Among them were three bureau directors and 39 division chiefs. Division chiefs are a rank below bureau directors.

Prosecutors investigated 336 corruption cases involving 393 suspects and nearly 80 million yuan (US$12.12 million) was recovered.

Tao Xiaoxing, former deputy director of the Shanghai Housing Support and Building Administration Bureau, was arrested for allegedly accepting 6 million yuan in bribes.

Wu Shudi, a former village Party secretary in Minhang District, is awaiting trial on charges involving more than 10 million yuan.

Prosecutors in Putuo, Minhang, Changning and Zhabei districts and Chongming County uncovered eight bribery cases in the sanitation department with 10 suspects said to have accepted bribes.

They also said five suspects in different hospitals last year took rebates from medicine companies.

Corruption cases were also frequent in the urban construction sector with 62 cases uncovered.

Tao Guoqiang, ex-Party secretary of the Jinshan District urban management department, allegedly accepted 504,000 yuan by taking advantage of his position to manage road projects.


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