China's top prosecutor says serious corruption cases up last year

March 1, 2014 at 1:36 PM
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BEIJING, March 1 (UPI) -- China's top prosecution agency promised Saturday that there will be a crackdown on business corruption, especially in monopoly industries like railroads and oil.

The Supreme People's Procuratorate said it is following the Central Committee of the Communist Party's injunction to investigate both "tigers" and "flies," Xinhua, the official government news agency reported. It cited major cases like the prosecution of Bo Xilai, the former secretary of the party's Chongqing Municipal Committee.

In its report, the procuratorate said that between January and November 2013 it dealt with 8,959 cases and 12,672 people. The number of cases considered serious was up 24 percent from 2012 to 5,036.

In the report, officials pledged a focus on corruption in monopolies. They also said they would go after wrongdoing in real estate and construction.

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