China has investigated 28 senior officials in a widening corruption campaign, triple the number in just one year, China Daily reported Friday, citing Cao Jianming, the country’s top prosecutor.
The so-called “tigers” included Zhou Yongkang, a former member of the Communist Party politburo, and Xu Caihou, former vice chairman of the Central Military Commission.
In 2013, eight officials at the provincial or ministerial level were investigated for suspected embezzlement and bribery, Cao said in a report to the National People’s Congress.
Thirty officials at the provincial or ministerial level and higher faced investigation for corruption or other job-related crimes from 2008 to 2012, he said.
Prosecutors investigated cases involving Bo Xilai, a former politburo member in 2012.
Cao said 14,062 public servants were prosecuted and punished for abusing power and embezzlement, up 13.2 percent from the previous year.
A total of 55,101 people were investigated for duty-related crimes in 41,487 cases, an annual increase of 7.4 percent.
In addition, 7,827 were prosecuted for criminal offenses relating to offering bribe, up 37.9 percent from the previous year.
Meanwhile, 749 fugitives were repatriated from overseas.
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