China’s procuratorial authorities investigated 27,236 embezzlement and bribery cases between January and November last year, sentencing 36,907 people, China Daily reported Monday, citing a statement from the Supreme People’s Procuratorate the previous day. Of those cases, 80 percent were considered major or important, which the top procuratorate defines as embezzlement and bribery cases involving more than 50,000 yuan (US$8,270) or earmarking public funds over 100,000 yuan. The number of serious corruption cases has risen over the past five years. In 2012, there were 20,442 major and important cases, compared with 18,464 in 2011 and 17,594 in 2008, according to the procuratorate.
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