Beijing: Seven ministerial level officials were investigated for corruption charges by China’s top prosecuting department in the first five months of this year, according to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP).
The officials include Chen Anzhong, former deputy head of Jiangxi province’s People’s Congress and Guo Youming, former vice-governor of Hubei province, both of whom are suspected of taking bribes. Chen Baihuai, former deputy head of Hubei province’s top political advisory body is also one of the officials charged of accepting bribery and suspected of power abuse.
There is an increase of 40 percent in anti-corruption probes in the country as compared to 2013.
In all, 1,577 officials were investigated this year by prosecuting department, reports the China Daily.
The anti-graft authority will conduct a further investigation into the case once evidence is discovered. The case will, then, be transferred to the anti-corruption department.
Xu Jinhui, director of the anti-corruption and bribery bureau of the SPP, said that graft crimes tended to be regional, field centralized and grouped.
The amount of money involved range from 1.6 million to 16.1 million US dollars, said Jinhui.