The mainland's fight against graft would be strengthened by a proposal to widen the scope of the country's money-laundering law to cover the proceeds of corruption, according to an academic. Xu Lanting, a criminal law professor at the China University of Political Science and Law, said the scope of the existing legislation on money laundering, which covered illegal profits from drug trafficking, organised crime and smuggling, was too restrictive. He was commenting on a recent suggestion by Yu Guanyuan, director of the law bill office of the National People's Congress Standing Committee and leader of the team drafting the anti-money-laundering law. Professor Xu said the proposed change would allow prosecutors to try corruption suspects on a broader range of charges, making the campaign to crack down on corruption more effective. Mr Yu has said the lack of legislation against financial cover-ups in corruption cases was a key reason for the continued rise in graft in recent years. Professor Xu agreed, and said that in addition to having unlawful income confiscated, anybody involved in laundering or abetting people to launder money should face up to 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to 20 per cent of the laundered money. 'It's really necessary to widen the law's scope. The change would raise the price of corruption by exposing corrupt people under both corruption and money-laundering charges,' he said.