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Bribery database open for public inspection

A BLACKLIST of people convicted of bribery in east China's Zhejiang Province was opened for public scrutiny yesterday.

Government, companies and industry associations can refer to the database of bribe cases, said Xiu Hangsheng, chief of corruption crime prevention department of the provincial procuratorate.

"The inquiry, which is free, has to be made in the procuratorate and the inquirer needs to present valid identity certificates like an ID card or business license," he said.

Individuals also have access to the database, Xiu added.

"Zhejiang is the first province to have all the convicted bribers blacklisted in China," he said. Foreigners and international companies convicted of bribery by a court in Zhejiang will also be listed, Xiu said.

China's supreme procuratorate ordered all provincial procuratorates to build bribery databases in 2006.

However, the databases only cover five industries: construction, education, finance, medical services and government procurement, according to Xiu.

A total of 60,748 companies and 63,179 people made inquiries in the previous Zhejiang database which contained details of 102 offenders.

In March this year, a construction company was eliminated from a tender when the procuratorate of Beilun District of Ningbo City, upon the request of the tenderer, found its legal representative had been convicted of bribery in 2007.

The Zhejiang and Shanghai databases are linked, so inquiries can be made in either of the two places, Xiu said.

Currently, the bribery databases of most provinces are not available and people have to travel or write letters for cross-provincial inquiries.

Xiu said he expected all the bribery databases in east China's provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Fujian, Jiangxi and Shandong and Shanghai to be connected within the year.


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