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AN online post that alleged six court officials spent about 480,000 yuan (US$70,000) of public funds for an 11-day overseas trip is being investigated.

The supervisory department of the Guangzhou Maritime Court in southern China's Guangdong Province is investigating, yesterday's China Youth Daily reported.

The story began on June 3 when an e-mail detailing the trip was published online, The China Youth Daily reported.

More than 10 documents, including the applications and work reports, were attached.

The documents revealed that six senior court officials, including the court's director, deputy director and chief judge, visited South Africa, Egypt and Turkey on January 7-18 this year and stopped over at the United Arab Emirates.

They intended to research the laws in these countries and the way they handled cases involving oil leaks at sea, according to the application for approval for the trip.

But in their reports, there was little discussion about the cases and nearly half of the reports were packed with geographical introductions to the countries.

The Netizen alleged the trip cost more than 480,000 yuan, or 82,000 yuan per head.


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