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Emergency medical center set for corruption suspects

05-20-2010 09:33 BJT

BEIJING, May 20 -- The first medical center to address health and psychological issues of officials suspected of corruption has received 15 "customers", a chief anti-corruption prosecutor of Haidian district said.

The front gate of Haidian procuratorate. Inset: Inside of the health center. (Photo: China Daily)
The front gate of Haidian procuratorate. Inset: Inside of the health center.
(Photo: China Daily)

Haidian prosecutors' office opened the emergency treatment center at the end of 2008 to prevent health and security incidents of officials under investigation, Zhang Lei, the head of anti-corruption department of Haidian district procuratorate, told China Daily.

He said it handled 60 corruption cases from the start of last year, involving people from either State-owned enterprises or government offices. Among the 60 suspects, 15 had to be provided with medical assistance.

"The suspects are usually under intense pressure and stress, feel extremely nervous and could easily suffer from heart attacks and cardiovascular diseases during the inquiry," Zhang said.

In 2008, a woman who was once the finance head of Beijing Sports University was being investigated for embezzling 750,000 yuan. During the inquiry, she had a heart attack and fell off her chair.

Prosecutors, uncertain how to deal with the situation, rang the hospital. It took 40 minutes for help to arrive and by that time, the suspect was in a dangerous condition.

Fortunately, she responded well to treatment in hospital. She was later convicted and sentenced to six years in prison.

Her husband said she had had heart disease for some time and could have died if she had not been treated in time.

"If we can't handle these problems in time, they can easily lead to security accidents in handling the cases and bring about unnecessary social conflicts," Zhang said.

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