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Most corrupt officials have lovers, says Party chief

MORE than 95 percent of government officials who are found to be corrupt are involved in extramarital love affairs, a senior party discipline official said yesterday.

Those who had extramarital love affairs always had financial problems, Qi Peiwen, an official with the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the CPC, said in a report in Dongguan, Guangdong Province,

As civil servants, government officials did not have high incomes and could not afford the expense of lovers in most cases, Qi said. As a result, they tried every way possible to make money through their positions, Guangzhou Daily reported today.

Qi warned officials to avoid breaking laws and to keep a safe distance when dealing with business men.

"Any leader who gets too close to businessmen will eventually have financial problems. It's a law," Qi said. "Once you accept his gifts, you enter his trap."

Qi mentioned several times in his report that anyone who accepted a bribe for the first time would definitely take more in the future, the report said.

Also, anyone addicted to gambling, especially when it is organized by overseas groups, must also expect to be dealt with by law.

From 2004 to early 2008 prosecutors dealt with 35 leaders at the provincial level for taking bribes or embezzlement, Xinhua News Agency reported earlier.

In 2008, prosecutors investigated 41,179 people for crimes involving corruption and charged 33,953 suspects nationwide. Just in Beijing alone, prosecutors charged 19 bureau heads and 48 division heads last year, Legal Daily reported.


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