2,723 corrupt officials investigated in 2010

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China investigated 2,723 corrupt officials at or above the county level in 2010, including 188 at the prefecture level and six at the ministerial level, Procurator-General Cao Jianming said Friday.

Prosecutors arrested 1,282 fugitives with work-related crimes in 2010 and recovered illicit money and goods worth of 7.4 billion yuan (112.5 million U.S. dollars), Cao said in a report delivered at the ongoing annual parliamentary session.

Prosecutors investigated 44,085 people in 32,909 work-related crimes in 2010, respectively registering a year-on-year increase of 6.1 percent and 1.4 percent, he said.

China will target corruption and officials' misconduct behind major accidents and "mass incidents", usually referring to protests and illegal gatherings, in its graft probe in 2011, he said.

Prosecutors will focus on investigating and handling crimes by leading government organs and officials for corruption, malfeasance and duty dereliction this year, Cao said.

Work-related crimes in "key sectors and links", misconduct such as power abuse and corruption by officials in grassroots administrations, and officials who serve as "protective umbrella" for mafia-style gangs and evil forces would be targeted in prosecutors' tougher fight against corruption this year, he said.

Cao also pledged to continue severe crackdown on commercial bribery crimes and prevent and reduce work-related crimes.

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