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10 percent 'tip-offs' scheme

PEOPLE in a central China province offering information or tip-offs about civil service corruption will get up to10 percent of the illicit money involved, local prosecutors said.

Chang Zhiyu, deputy prosecutor general and spokesman for the Hunan People's Procuratorate, told the China News Service on Monday rewards could be as much as 200,000 yuan (US$29,200).

It could be even higher if approved by the Supreme People's Procuratorate, the report said.

The prosecutor's offices in Hunan is promoting the rewards system this week.

Both the prosecutor general Gong Jiahe and deputy prosecutor general Li Guangming will spend a day talking to ordinary people.

People who offered information that helped prosecutors seize illicit money from corrupt officials were regularly rewarded no more than 100,000 yuan, but for major information on big cases, a capped reward of 200,000 yuan was available. An unlimited amount of reward cash was set up for special cases and could be approved by the supreme procuratorate, the report said.

Prosecutors also promised a witness protection system to keep informants safe and a compensation system for injuries caused by retaliation.

Chang said Hunan prosecutors received 5,317 tip-offs last year and investigated 1,615 civil service crimes involving 2,001 suspects, including 10 department directors or their superiors.

Hunan prosecutors retrieved a total of 359 million yuan of direct losses, according to Chang.


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