2,200 senior officials charged over graft
Prosecutors last year investigated nearly 39,000 corruption cases and more than 2,200 senior-ranking officials were charged.
According to a work report to be delivered by Procurator-General Han Zhubin to the NPC today, the number of corruption cases investigated last year was 38,382, up 9.4 per cent from 1998.
As a result of the investigation, prosecutors recovered 4.09 billion yuan (HK$3.6 billion) in illegal funds.
In his report, prosecutions chief Mr Han includes Hu Changqing - Jiangxi's vice-governor, who was executed on Wednesday for corruption - as an example of the Government's determination to curb graft.
He will tell the NPC delegates today that police abuses dropped 60.2 per cent last year compared with 1998. Last year, 617 police officers were investigated for abuses. Among them, 544 were disciplined and 55 convicted on criminal charges.
Another 1,886 police were disqualified for incompetence.
In his report, Mr Han admits, however, that abuses such as using torture to extort confessions, extorting favours from suspects, and nepotism remain serious problems.
He says his department will continue to handle public complaints.
Last year, it received 812,821 such complaints and 342,017 were related to prosecutors.
'No matter how serious the case and how senior the officials, we will not be lenient,' Mr Han says.
Meanwhile, Xiao Yang, President of the Supreme People's Court, says in his report to the NPC today that the judiciary sentenced 15,748 government officials and business people last year on corruption charges.
Mr Xiao says 540 court officials were fired last year, most of whom got their jobs through connections.
Mr Xiao says there is an urgent need to improve the quality of judges.
'Some judges do not have legal knowledge and the ability to try cases. This has resulted in misrulings. Many have little sense of serving the people, and are rude . . . and some have abused their authority and even forged legal documents,' he says.