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China recovers $4.62 billion from corruption, bribery cases since 2005

07-15-2010 09:44 BJT

BEIJING, July 14 (Xinhua) -- China's prosecutors have recovered a total of 31.26 billion yuan (4.62 billion U.S. dollars) through investigation and prosecution of corruption and bribery cases from 2005 to May of this year, according to the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP).

Procuratorial departments nationwide placed 146,570 corruption and bribery cases on file involving more than 170,000 people, according to figures released at a national conference to fight corruption and work-related crimes held Wednesday.

Among those investigated, 13,192 officials were at or above the county level. Further, 8,776 of the total number of cases on file involved funds of more than 1 million yuan, according to the SPP.

The prosecution offices apprehended 6,148 fugitives in connection to corruption and bribery cases during this period, including 71 who were then living abroad.

"Embezzlement and bribery cases are becoming more complicated, covert and are carried out in more intelligent ways," and they usually "involve a greater sum of money covering more fields," according to a statement by the SPP's anti-corruption bureau released at the conference.

The prosecution offices will improve efforts on handling major power-for-money corruption cases, especially those related to high-ranking officials and with greater amounts of money involved.

They would also "crack down on embezzlement and bribery crimes which led to group incidents and major accidents to defuse conflicts and sustain stability," it said.

In the future, prosecutors would intensify their investigation of such cases in fields including project construction, real estate development, land management, exploration of mineral resources, state assets management, and the financial and judicial sectors, the statement said.

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