Date
22 August 2017
Wang Qishan, secretary of the Communist Party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, is stepping up the crackdown on corrupt officials. Photo: AFP
Wang Qishan, secretary of the Communist Party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, is stepping up the crackdown on corrupt officials. Photo: AFP

Discipline watchdog announces record number of graft cases

China’s top discipline watchdog said 10 department and bureau level officials were investigated or punished on Wednesday, marking the highest number of cases it announced in one day, Chinanews.com reported.

The officials include Pan Xiaodong, deputy chief of the Hebei provincial transport department, three in Guizhou, three from Hubei, and three in Shanxi, the report said.

The previous record was set on Monday when the Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection under Wang Qishan announced nine cases, and before that, the record was “eight cases in 24 hours” earlier this year.

The government is stepping up its anti-graft campaign. In the first half, the cases of about 300 officials were released on the commission’s website, far more than the number of cases announced in the whole of 2013.

The government has started the second round of inspections of local government authorities with the commissin sending inspection teams to at least 31 provinces across China.

The Ministry of Public Security has also launched a special campaign to arrest suspects of economic crimes who have fled overseas, noting that many of the cases may involve government officials.

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