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Tips flow on corrupt cadres

IT looks like China's drive to stamp out official corruption still has a long way to go.

A new Website and hotline set up this week to gather tips exposing corrupt civil servants and other public officials were swamped.

The Website - - was put online by the Supreme People's Procuratorate on Monday. It became so flooded with traffic that its server overloaded and crashed. Technicians had it running again later in the day, with the ability to handle 1,000 visitors at a time.

Also Monday, the top prosecutors opened a nationwide hotline - 12309 - to take calls from informants 24 hours a day under strict confidentiality.

Though it is capable of handling 16 incoming calls simultaneously, most of its lines were busy throughout the day.

Hotline operators reported receiving 1,800 tips over the phone by 4pm on Monday, and another 980 pieces of information came in via fax and answering machine.

The Beijing Municipal People's Procuratorate has joined the hotline, and prosecutors from all other provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions will participate by the end of the year, according to Xinhua news agency.

An earlier version of the nationwide tip-off system generated 20,000 reports of official abuse in 2008, up from 6,000 five years earlier, officials said.

In the latest high-profile case, Shenzhen Mayor Xu Zongheng was dismissed from office and detained earlier this month for alleged corruption and malfeasance.

He was the fifth high-ranking government official to be disciplined in southern China so far this year.


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