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377 government staff in corruption investigations

CITY anti-corruption authorities said yesterday that 377 government staff were investigated in more than 300 graft probes this year.

And the city discipline inspection watchdog said 726 officials received administrative punishments in 2011.

These included officials punished over the high-rise inferno in Jing'an District in November last year, in which 58 people died and 71 were injured, and the Metro train collision in September, in which more than 290 passengers were injured.

Those punished included nine city government bureau level officials.

Officials said a survey shows public confidence in their efforts to crack down on corruption has grown over the past five years.

Around 77 percent of locals interviewed said they were satisfied with the results of anti-corruption investigations, compared to less than 68 percent when asked the same question in 2006.

In 2010, the city investigated 810 discipline and corruption cases involving government and state-owned company officials.

With the Chinese New Year approaching, the city is also cracking down on the illegal sending and accepting of vouchers, pre-paid consumption cards and cash - channels commonly used in bribes.

The value of seized cards and money amounted to nearly 40 million yuan (US$6.3 million) by the end of October, a 38 percent increase on last year, officials said.

Meanwhile, Shanghai prosecutors said they approved the arrest of 22,272 suspects this year.


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